Badam Halwa is one of my favourite desserts. It’s a rich, sumptuous, mouth watering delicacy. Badam is the Indian name for Almonds.
The almond is a native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as the Indus. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E and proteins. Hence it’s always suggested that daily about 7 to 8 almonds soaked overnight peeled and eaten early morning is very nutritious and healthy too. While the almond is often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is also a component of various dishes. Along with other nuts, it is often sprinkled over desserts, particularly sundaes and other ice cream based dishes. Sweet almonds are used in marzipan, many pastries, cookies (including French macarons, macaroons), cakes and other sweets and desserts. Almonds are used in a popular dessert where they are mixed with milk and then served hot.
Recipe: Badam Halwa
Summary: Mouth watering recipe apt for those with sweet tooth.
- 3 – cup – Almonds(Badam)
- 2+2 – tbsp – Ghee
- 1/2 – cup – Milk
- 2 – number – Saffron
- 3 – cup – Sugar
- as required – Yellow food color
- Soak almond/badam for 2-3 hors (suitable if soaked overnight) & peel off the skin before preparing this dish or boil them for 30 mins incase of last minute preparation.
- Put the peeled almonds in a blender and add milk to it .It should be enough to cover them .
- Blend it into a coarse paste .Avoid thin texture of paste sue to excess of milk.
- Heat the pan & add 2 tbspn ghee to it .As ghee melts add badam mixture & give a quick stir.
- Add sugar keeping in mind 1:1 ratio of almond : sugar (more sugar can be added as per taste) Alternative Tip:- dilute the sugar by making sugar syrup & then adding it to the badam mixture.
- Constantly stir the mixture as it can stick & burn from bottom.
- Add Saffron & constantly stir as it boils from bottom.(Food color is optional if required)
- Add additional 2tbspn of ghee while its boiling.Constant stirring is a must till ghee starts oozing out.
- Once halwa seperates out ghee its time to put it in a container & is ready to be served.
- Garnish it with grated almonds/badam.
Cooking time (duration): 25
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: snack
In Pakistan and India, almonds are the base ingredients of pasanda-style curries. Badam halwa is a sweet made from almonds with added coloring. Almond flakes are added to many sweets (such as sohan barfi), and are usually visible sticking to the outer surface.
Almonds can be processed into a milk substitute called almond milk or badam milk; the nut’s soft texture, mild flavour, and light colouring (when skinned) make for an efficient analog to dairy, and a soy-free choice, for lactose intolerant people and vegans.
To prepare Almond Badam Halwa make sure you have high energy and are in true spirit to cook, because when you start off cooking you will need to stir and stir and stir continously as it takes nearly half hour to cook the Badam halwa. If you relax, the halwa can burn in a second and spoil the taste of halwa. As this is a rich dessert, do add sufficient ghee which enhances the flavor and taste and further will make it easy to cook so that the risk of halwa sticking at the bottom of the vessel is avoided. Indian halwas are characteristically loaded with ghee, and when gently warmed before eating, simply glisten with the sheen of the ghee.
Vah! – What can be a more special dish for a special person? Badam halwa is absolutely delicious, aromatic and melts in your mouth – just like good halwas should!
Everyone knows that almonds are a virtual powerhouse of nutrients. They are high in mono-unsaturated fats which are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. They are believed to lower LDL cholesterol levels and promote cardiovascular health. Almonds are loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They are also rich in antioxidants and high in Vitamin E, both of which may help slow down the harmful effects of aging. In fact, when you eat a few almonds everyday, you are actually popping a couple of vitamin pills. Well, not quite, but you know what I mean!
Badam Halwa is a rich comforting dessert, popular in a lot of cultures and can be made with a variety of ingredients like the carrots, semolina/suji, nuts etc and sometimes contains milk or condensed milk and more often than not – Ghee.