Sunday, July 14, 2013

Badam Halwa/Almond Pudding

Badam Halwa/Almond Pudding:-
Preparation Time:- 20 minutes
Cooking Time:-40 Minutes

Winter is the time for comfort,for good food and warmth.And if the holidays are there then this is the time,for sure, to make some yummy delights for the kiddos.So i prepared my son's favorite Badam Halwa or Almond pudding. As we all know almonds are rich in dietary fiber,vitamins and minerals.It is a complete source of energy as well as nutrients.Almonds are rich in mono saturated fatty acids which are helpful in increasing good cholesterol and decreasing bad cholesterol. Almonds are rich source of vitamin E.So what is the best winter diet for busy kids other than almond halwa or pudding. So here is the recipe.
1)Almonds soaked overnight 1 and 1/4 cups
2)Clarified butter or pure ghee 4 to 5 table spoons
3)Full cream Milk 1 and 1/4 cups
4)Condensed milk 4 table spoons
5)Nutmeg grated a pinch(Optional)
6)Saffron 3 to 4 strands(Optional)
7)Sugar 2 table spoons
1)Drain the water from the soaked almonds,remove the skin.Instead of soaking the almonds overnight.You can blanch them in the hot water and remove the skin.
2)Save 12 to 15 almonds with the skin.
3)Mix blanched almonds and the unpeeled almonds.Keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
(Putting the almonds in the refrigerator is optional).
4)Coarsely grind the blanched and unpeeled almonds.
5)Heat 2 table spoons of ghee or clarified butter first in a deep pan,add in the coarsely ground almonds paste.Fry the almonds paste for 2 to 3 minutes and keep adding little bit of the remaining ghee in intervals.
6)Fry the almond paste on medium to low heat ,stirring frequently so that it wont stick to the pan and burn.
7)Keep frying the almonds till the color changes to golden brown,it will take approximately 35 to 40 minutes.
(Don't leave unattended as it may burn and ruin the dish)
8)When the almond color changes to golden brown,turn off the heat.
9)Mix condensed milk into the Full cream milk.
10)Turn on the heat on low flame,slowly pour in the milk and condensed milk mixture.Mix well.
(Using condensed milk is again optional,instead you can reduce the 4 cups milk to the 1 and 1/2 cups and then you can add it into the roasted almond paste or simply u can use only full cream milk too,i like it my way.)
11)Cook this for 4 to 5 minutes or until it reaches to the thick consistency.
12)In between add in sugar,mix well.Add in saffron strands mix well.(Refer the pictures)
13)When it reaches to the almost done consistency,then add in the grated nutmeg.Mix well. Serve warm.


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