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May 14, 2012

Badaam/Almond Halwa recipe

      I had tasted this halwa at a restaurant for the first time when I came to Singapore and absolutely loved it.I then tried at home. It was good and then we totally forgot about it for the last five years. It was our wedding anniversary yesterday and I had already decided to make this sweet couple of days ago. I found a good recipe for this at Raks place and followed the method to the core with slight modification only in the measurement of the ingredients.The result was fantastic.Infact I was quite proud of making the traditional dessert without any hassles!!It also showed a big improvement in my culinary skills in the last five years!!A special thanks to Raks for a perfect recipe.

Badaam/almond halwa

Recipe Courtesy- Rak's Kitchen
 Ingredients-
Almonds/Badaam- 1 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup(Add 1 cup for more sweetness)
Water-1 cup
Milk- 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Saffron strands/kesar- few strands soaked in few drops of warm milk 
Ghee- 1/4 cup
Badaam/almond halwa
Method-
        Soak the almonds in sufficient water for 4 hours. Peel off the skin. Add milk gradually while grinding the peeled almonds to a very fine paste.
         Soak the saffron strands in warm milk.
         Add the sugar in a thick bottomed pan. I used a non stick pan ( I find it convinient while making halwas and burfis as there is no danger of the mixture sticking to the bottom of the pan). Pour in the water. Allow it to boil and let the sugar dissolve completely.
         Now add the ground almond paste to the sugar solution mixing properly with a spatula taking care that no lumps are formed.Stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the soaked saffron strands and the cardamom powder to the mixture. Now keep stirring in a low flame till the mixture thickens.Keep adding ghee little by little while you stir. You have to stir till the mixture starts leaving the sides. It takes around 20 minutes approximately.
Badaam/almond halwa
Pour the mixture in a greased container. Allow it to cool. Serve. You can store the rest in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

10 comments:

notyet100 said...

Happy wedding anniversary ,,halwa looks so delicious,l.will try some time

Shama Nagarajan said...

tempting and delicious dear

Priya said...

Belated wedding anniversary wishes Sowmya, prefect halwa to celebrate the anniversary.

Laavanya said...

Best wishes on your anniversary - what a tasty sweet to celebrate it.

jeyashrisuresh said...

Happy anniversary to you both and wonderful and delicious badam halwa too

Akila said...

happy anniversary dear... halwa looks fabulous...

Event: Dish Name Starts With L
Learning-to-cook
Regards,
Akila

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

perfect dish for anniv... love it...

Tina said...

delicious halwa..

Priti said...

Hope you had great celebration ....halwa looks so gud

RAKS KITCHEN said...

halva has turned out great!looks perfect sowmya :) Belated anniversary wishes. Hope you had a good time!

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