Mmm Mmm Mmm Good! The very thought of it, makes me crave for it all over again. I did this “Badam Halwa” as a father’s day treat for my husband. He simply loves it. “Hard nut to crack” is literally the best phrase for this badam nut. On the way back from school, inside our colony, we used to have almond trees. Squirrel’s, would have done us a favor by scattering some of the hard to crack nuts around in the ground and we would break the hard nut with a lot of effort and eat the fresh almond inside. Although popularly referred to as a nut, the almond fruit’s seed is botanically not a true nut, but the seed of a drupe.
The sweet almond itself contains practically no carbohydrates and may therefore be made into flour for cakes and cookies (biscuits) for low-carbohydrate diets or for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus or any other form of glycosuria. Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, also rich in monounsaturated fat, one of the two “good” fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol. Claimed health benefits of almonds include improved complexion & and the prevention of cancer.
In Ayurveda, an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent, almond is considered a nutritive for brain and nervous system. It is said to induce high intellectual level and longevity. Recent studies have shown that the constituents of almond have anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting, and anti-hepatotoxicity effects.
- Almonds-unsalted- 2cups.
- Cane sugar- 2 1/2 cups.
- Kesar yellow color- 1/2 tsp.
- Ghee- 1cup.
- Milk-1/2 cup.
- Saffron- few strands.
- Blanch almonds in hot water for 1 hour.
- Remove outer skin and grind into smooth paste using warm milk for grinding.
- Mix little water to sugar and heat it in a thick bottom pan, till it is dissolved and one string consistency is reached.
- Add badam paste and cook til it becomes thick.
- Add kesar color and saffron soaked in milk.
- When the halwa sticks to the bottom of the pan, add ghee at last, slowly, contantly stirring, till halwa consistency is set.
- A tasty and nutritious dessert is “all set” to be enjoyed.
- If you miss the halwa consistency and the setting gets hard, no worries- it can be enjoyed as “Badam Cake”.
- Do not refrigerate, as the sugar may crystallize. It can be stored in an airtight container, after it cools down. Since it has ghee, it will not get spoilt for few weeks.