Monday, November 12, 2012

Badam Halwa

  I wish all my readers a very Happy Diwali. Diwali is arguably the most celebrated festival in India and people enjoy the occasion with sweets, lights and fireworks! This year I tried making badam (Almonds) halwa. I think peeling the almonds is the tricky part as it takes sometime. I did realize that we get peeled almonds from the supermarket and can save some time and effort. Making of halwa itself is not that difficult.


Ingredients: 

1 cup of Badam
1 1/4  cup of sugar
3 tbsp of ghee
1/4 cup of milk
few strands of saffron


Preparation:

1.Soak Badam for 4 hours in warm water. Soak saffron in 1 spoon of milk.


2.Here comes the tricky part, peeling the skin of badam. Grind badam with milk (use as little milk as possible). Take heavy bottomed vessel and pour the mixture.
3.Add fine sugar and keep stirring. When badam paste starts to thicken, add ghee(clarified butter).  Cook in medium flame. Stir constantly.


4.As the halwa bubbles reduce the flame. As it thickens and halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan.




5.Add saffron which gives nice yellow color and flavor.  Mix well.


         

6.Allow them to cool and Badam halwa is ready.                                                   
                                                                        






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