Add ½ tsp of the saffron to the luke-warm milk and let it soak for 5 minutes.
In a safe microwave bowl, combine the milk powder, sweetened condensed milk without any lumps. It will be thick, and that's ok.
Microwave this mixture for a minute.
Now add the saffron soaked milk and the two tsps of ghee and mix well—microwave this mixture for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring the mixture for every 1 minute. Do not microwave the milk powder mixture for more than 1 to 1.5 minutes without stirring.
After 3 minutes of microwaving, let it sit for a minute. Wet your palms and take a small piece of peda and check if you can shape it into a small ball.
If you can shape it, then let the mixture cool for five minutes. If not, microwave again for 30 seconds, mix and let it cool.
The total microwave time is 3 to 4 minutes depending upon your microwave heat setting.
Shaping the Peda:
Grease your palm with ghee. Take a small marble-sized peda, roll into a small ball, and flatten it into a round disc.
Using a fork, press the peda for some designs, or you can use any cookie cutters and shape the peda as well.
Garnish it with remaining saffron strands. Refrigerate and enjoy it!
Do not cook in microwave continuously for more than 1.5 minutes. The timing entirely depends upon the heat power setting of your microwave. But for this, it shouldn't take more than 4 minutes. Make sure you are stirring the mixture for every one minute.
Consistency Check: After three minutes, let the peda sit for a minute. Then take a small piece and see if you can rotate it/shape into a round ball like this. If you can, then that is the right consistency. Do not cook beyond this point. But if the mixture is still semi-solid, microwave for just 30 seconds.
Shape the pedas when the milk mixture is warm. If you allow it cool, the mixture thickens, and it's hard to get a smooth shape. If that happens, add one or tbsps of milk and microwave it for 30 seconds and then start shaping.
You can shape the peda according to your preference, either round or oval or elongated.