I’ve never been a fan of Guavas growing up to be honest, but they have started to grow on me as I get ‘older’ and my palette is more ‘sophisticated’ Guava Cheese, also known as Perad is a famous Christmas time sweet to make as part of the traditional Christmas platter or ‘Kuswar’

This year I decided to make this myself and I was shocked how easy it was! I wasn’t able to find Indian Guavas, but I found some Eqyptian ones that looked promising so I decided to use these.

To make this a little different 🙂 I added some red chilli powder. In India is quite normal to eat the fruit with lemon juice and chilli powder, so this is reminiscent of that.

Perad – Guava Cheese

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  • 700 gms Ripe Guavas – yields 1.5 cups of paste
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
  • 1 tsp red Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1.5 tbsps Butt


  • Wash, and cut your Guavas and place on a trivet in a pressure cooker
  • Cook for 2 – 5 mins depending on the ripeness
  • Remove and add to a blender and blend
  • Strain the mixture and measure
  • Add the paste to a pot and add equal quantities in cups of sugar and allow the sugar to melt
  • Add the lime juice
  • Add the optional chilli powder
  • Cook this for about 17 mins
  • Add the butter
  • Remove and pour into a greased dish and allow to set
  • Once set, cut and remove and store in an airtight container