Dharwad pedha

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Dharwad pedha
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Dharwad pedha
Course Dessert
Place of origin India
Region or state Dharwad, Karnataka
Main ingredients Milk, thickened milk, sugar
Variations Jamkhandi pedha
Other information GI number: 85
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Dharwad pedha (Kannada: ಧಾರವಾಡ ಪೇಡ) is a sweet delicacy unique to the state of Karnataka, India. It derives its name from the city of Dharwad in Karnataka.This sweet's history is around 175 years old.[1] Dharwad pedha has been accorded Geographical Indication (GI) tag.[2] Its GI tag number is 85.[3]


Dharwad Pedha traces its historical origin to Thakur family which migrated from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh to Dharwad after the dreaded plague broke out there sometime in early 19th Century. With meagre funds, Shri. Ram Ratan Singh Thakur (first generation sweet maker) started making ‘pedhas’ and selling them and gradually, it started becoming popular.

Shri. Ram Ratan Singh Thakur’s grandson, Shri. Babu Singh Thakur, built the reputation of the ‘pedha’ with a missionary zeal. With no time, the ‘pedha’ became so popular that local people of Dharwad began identifying it by his name and as ‘Line Bazaar Pedha’ (the name of the street on which the shop is located).

The technique of preparing these ‘pedhas’ however remains a closely guarded trade secret, known only to the family members of Shri. Babusingh Thakur, as handed down the generations, by father to son.

Babusingh Thakur had only outlet to sell Pedhas, which were made in limited quantity for decades. But now few outlets are added.

Apart from this Mishra Pedha's are also popular, as these have more outlets & available through the day. Mishra has many outlets in twin cities of Dharwad & Hubli. Apart from this the cities of Bangaluru & Pune have Dharwad Pedha outlets.

Many local sweet shops sell similar pedhas as Dharwadi pedha in Pune.


The ingredients include milk, sugar and thickened milk.


It is made of milk which is heated and stirred continuously, with added flavour and sugar.

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Origins of the Dharwad Pedha [2]