How to Make Almond Dessert or Badam Halwa
Health Benefits of Almonds (Badam) and Some Information About Almond Dessert or Badam Halwa
Almonds are tasty nuts. Almond nutrition benefits are praised around the world since ancient times. People consume them in different ways.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants and fiber. They have amazing effect on cholesterol reduction. They are helpful to reduce the body weight. Almonds are low in saturated fats and rich in unsaturated fats. Eating a few raw almonds daily could help to reduce blood pressure and blood-sugar level. Ancient Ayurveda practitioners in India believed that almond has the capacity to increase brain power, intellectual ability, and life span.
Almond desserts are very delicious and rich in flavor. Almond halwa is an easy and simple recipe. Coarsely ground almond paste is mixed with sugar, ghee, saffron strands, and milk. Then cooked on a low fire, stirring continuously to get a yellowish shiny lump. You can eat this yummy sweet warm or cold.
- 2 small cups almonds (badam), soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
- 2 small cups sugar
- 2 small cups milk
- 4-5 tbsp ghee
- a few saffron strands
- a pinch cardamom powder, optional
- 2 pinches yellow food color, optional
Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Almond Dessert (Badam Halwa)
- Soak almonds in hot water for 15 minutes. Peel off the skin. Coarsely grind them with milk to get a liquid mix.
- Heat 2 table spoons of ghee in a non-stick or deep bottomed kadhai. Using non-stick pan prevents badam halwa from burning in the bottom.
- Pour almond mix into the non-stick pan. Stir cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add sugar. Continue cooking on low fire, stirring continuously, so that the mix won't burn in the bottom.
- Add 2-3 table spoons of ghee. You will experience the hot mix sprinkling on the air. Continue stir-cooking till hot sprinkling stops and the mix starts showing some ghee on the sides.
- Add cardamom powder (optional) and food color. Almond halwa shows its natural scent if you don't use cardamom. Mix well. Transfer the halwa into a serving dish.
- Almond halwa (badam halwa) is ready to eat. Eat it warm or cold. It has a heavenly taste anytime!
Things to Remember While Making Almond Dessert (Badam Halwa)
- If you want to take more almonds than the shown quantity in the aricle, add one cup more sugar for each cup of added almonds.
- This halwa easily burns in the bottom of the pan. Hence, use non-stick pan to prevent it.
- Continuously stirring while cooking is mandatory. Otherwise, there is a possibility that it burns in the bottom. Even if it burns a little, it may spoil the taste of this dessert.
- You can make this halwa without adding cardamom and food color to retain the original flavor of the almonds. It tastes yummy its own way.
- You can store this halwa for 2-3 days in a refrigerator.
Nutritional Information of Almond Dessert (Badam Halwa)
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||72|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 8 g||12%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 15 g||5%|
|Sugar 14 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 1 mg|
|Sodium 8 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|