How to Make Almond Dessert (Badam Halwa)
About Almonds and Almond Desserts
Almonds are tasty nuts. It's nutrition benefits are praised around the world since ancient times. People consume it in different ways.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants and fiber. They have a positive effect on cholesterol reduction. They are helpful to reduce body weight. They 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 is capable of increasing brain power, intellectual ability, and life span.
Desserts made of almonds are very delicious and rich in flavor. Almond halwa includes an easy and simple recipe. To make this, you have to mix the coarsely ground almond paste with sugar, ghee, saffron strands, and milk. Next, you have to cook it on a low fire, stirring it 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 tablespoons ghee
- a few saffron strands
- a pinch cardamom powder, optional
- 2 pinches yellow food color, optional
- Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 minutes. Peel off the skin. Coarsely grind them with milk to get a liquid mix.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a non-stick or deep bottomed kadhai. Using a non-stick pan prevents badam halwa from burning at the bottom.
- Pour almond mixture to a non-stick pan. Stir cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add sugar. Continue cooking on low fire, stirring continuously, so that the mixture won't burn in the bottom.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of ghee. You will experience the hot mix sprinkling on the air. Continue the stir-cooking until hot sprinkling stops and the mixture 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 anyway!
Things to Remember While Making this Almond Dessert
1. If you want to take more almonds than the shown quantity in the article, add one cup more sugar for each cup of added almonds.
2. This halwa easily burns at the bottom of the pan. Hence, use a non-stick pan.
3. Continuously stirring while cooking is mandatory. Otherwise, there is a possibility that it burns in the bottom. A little burning may spoil the taste of this dessert.
4. You can make this halwa without adding cardamom and food color to retain the original flavor of the almonds.
|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.|