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. babusinghThakur, as handed down the generations, by father to son. The family sweats it everyday in the morning to retain the
hard – earned reputation of the Dharwad delicacy.....
In order to preserve its authentic taste, only the family members are involved in making it...
The family intends to preserve the quality and the taste of it. In order to maintain the quality consistently, the family has to ensure that there is adequate supply of fresh and unadulterated milk which constitute the main ingredient in preparation of this special sweet.
For the last 175 years, the Dharwad ‘pedha’ has become synonymous with ‘Babu Singh Thakur Pedha’, ‘Thakur Pedha’ or ‘Line Bazaar Pedha’.