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Badam halwa recipe | Kesar badam halwa | Badam ka halwa recipe | Almond halwa recipe

Badam halwa recipe | Kesar badam ka halwa | Almond halwa recipe | How to make badam halwa 



Badam halwa recipe | Kesar badam halwa | Badam ka halwa recipe | Almond halwa recipe


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Badam halwa is a nut-based halwa, a popular South Indian dessert recipe. It is a rich, and classic dessert that tastes so delicious and looks vibrant. This sweet is nothing but a Saffron flavored almond pudding prepared in Indian style. This almond sweet recipe is truly a feast for the eyes.


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The badam halwa ingredients are simple and easily available too. The combination of freshly pureed almonds along with milk, sugar, and ghee, are constantly stirred on a medium flame until getting a perfect consistency. 

In addition to that, I have added crushed cardamon and kesar/saffron for the flavoring and yellowish hue. Also, adding lots of ghee helps in getting a smooth and melt-in-mouth texture.


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I can't imagine my badam halwa without saffron/kesar. I believe it gives a nice aroma and yellowish hue to the halwa. However, it can be prepared without that too.

In case if you don't have kesar in hand and particular about the color, there is a way, the kesar can be replaced with a pinch of turmeric powder or synthetic yellow food color.

In India, badam halwa is usually prepared for special occasions, parties, and also given as a return gift for friends and relatives. This delicacy is specially made during festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, and also served at many weddings.

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Badam halwa holds a special place in my heart. Moreover, I'm so fond of Sri Krishna sweets badam halwa, I have tasted several times over there and always loved it. I prefer a coarse and grainy textured badam halva over a smooth one.

So, if you are looking for Krishna sweets badam halwa recipe, simply follow my stepwise procedure, this halwa consistency is gently firm, has a coarse, and grainy texture. Plus, it has a perfect level of sweetness which will make your taste buds so happy and satisfied.

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Badam ka halwa can be eaten warm, cold, or at room temperature. Hot scoopable badam halwa is my all-time favorite dessert. It is a sumptuous and luscious dessert to satisfy the sweet cravings. So, I often make this recipe in my kitchen, and this procedure is so easy and never failed me, I always get it right with perfect consistency and that distinct grainy texture.

Badam halwa is very simple and quick to make. So you can prepare this dessert at any time. This almond-based dessert is so popular in India and a well-known delicacy in Pakistan and Bangladesh. So, the word "Badam" denotes Almonds in English, and "Halwa" is an Arabic word for sweet. Halwa is also spelled as halva, halvah, haluva, etc.

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For this recipe, I had soaked almonds overnight and ground them with milk to a coarse paste. Alternatively, You can also use water or any nut milk for grinding the almonds.

However, if you want to make almond halwa instantly, cook the whole almonds in hot water for 30 minutes. Let it cool down a bit and peel the almond skin using a towel or with your fingers. Then grind the peeled almonds along with cow milk/nut milk/room temperature water in a blender. Grind it coarsely to get the grainy textured badam halwa.

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The almond halwa can be made with almond flour too. Here
, I want to mention the difference between almond flour and almond meal. The almond flour is blanched and ground into a fine/coarse powder, mostly without the skin.

For an almond meal, the almonds are ground into a coarse powder along with the skin. Both are widely used in gluten-free baking recipes and paleo diet recipes. Almond flour recipes include almond flour halwa, chocolate burfi with almond flour, almond butter burfi, etc. Now, let's get into the recipe!


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Recipe - Badam halwa recipe | Kesar badam halwa | Badam ka halwa recipe | Almond halwa recipe


Serves - 4.
Prep time - 10 min | Cook time - 20 min | Soaking time - overnight / 8 hours.
Cuisine - Indian.
Course - Dessert/ Desi sweet.
Festival occasion - Diwali, Holi, Navaratri, etc.
Diet - Vegetarian.
Kitchen tools - Non-stick/heavy-bottomed iron pan, Spatula, Blender.
Author - Pavithra.

Badam halwa ingredients:


1. Almonds - 1 cup
2. Milk - 1/2 cup
3. Ghee - 1 cup
4. Saffron/Kesar - 2 pinches
5. Sugar - 1 cup
6. Cardamom - 1 crushed
7. Salt - A pinch


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Preparation before making badam halwa:


1. Wash and soak 1 cup of raw almonds for 10 hours or overnight in a bowl of hot water. (Note: Almond skin can be peeled off easily when you soak them in hot water. Alternatively, you can put raw almonds in hot boiling water for 30 mins to peel off the skin).

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2. Grind the soaked & peeled almonds to a coarse paste along with milk. (Note: You can use room temperature water to grind almonds but milk makes the sweet rich in taste, so I highly recommend using full-fat milk).


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3. Soak the saffron strands in 2 tbsp of hot water/milk for 5 mins. (Water releases a better color).

How to make badam halwa: (stepwise images, tips are given below).


1. Take a heavy-bottomed pan or Kadai, add a spoonful of ghee and almond paste. Then turn on the flame and keep stirring the mixture for 5 mins on a medium flame. (Note: Do not put the almond paste on a heated pan, turn on the flame only after adding the mixture).

2. Add saffron-infused milk and stir until the mixture turns yellowish.

3. Add sugar and keep stirring it well until the sugar dissolves completely. Make sure there are no lumps formed.

4. Let it cook. Add ghee in intervals and keep stirring the liquid mixture which slowly forms bubbles and starts to thicken. Takes around 3 to 5 mins.

5. Stir well until the mixture slowly starts to separates and leaving the sides of the pan. It should take around 8 to 10 mins on a medium flame.

6. The mixture turns gooey and sticky like halwa consistency. Add powdered cardamom in this stage and Keep stirring for a few more minutes on a medium-low flame. Also, 

7. Turn off the flame once the mixture starts oozing out the ghee and gets solidify. Be careful at this stage. Keep the flame low. Add a pinch of salt. 
(Salt is added to sweets just to balance and enhance the overall flavor. Please do not add more than a pinch).

8. Pinch a small portion and see you can make a ball.

9. Stir it for some more time until the ghee slightly oozes out.

10. Switch off the flame when it reaches the scoopable consistency that is the texture should be soft, coarse, and grainy. Immediately transfer the mixture into a glass bowl or a plate. (Careful the mixture will be hot. Do not leave the mixture in the same hot pan as the texture might turn dry and becomes like badam burfi consistency).

11. Once it becomes warm, scoop it and serve it in a bowl. You can decorate it with saffron strands, chopped almonds, etc.

How to make badam ka halwa recipe with stepwise images:


1. Take a heavy-bottomed pan or Kadai, add a spoonful of ghee. (Do not turn on the flame).


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2. Add the ground almond paste. Then turn on the flame and keep stirring the mixture for 5 mins on a medium flame(Note: Do not put the almond paste on a heated pan, turn on the flame only after adding the mixture).


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3. Add saffron-infused milk/water. Stir until the mixture turns yellowish.


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4. Add sugar.


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5. Keep stirring it well until the sugar dissolves completely on a medium flame. Make sure there are no lumps formed.


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6. Let it cook. 
keep stirring the liquid mixture which slowly forms bubbles and starts to thicken. Takes around 3 to 5 mins.


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7. Add ghee in intervals.


Badam halwa recipe | Kesar badam halwa | Badam ka halwa recipe | Almond halwa recipe


8. Stir well until the mixture slowly starts to separates and leaving the sides of the pan. It should take around 8 to 10 mins on a medium flame.


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9. The mixture turns gooey and sticky like halwa consistency. Add powdered cardamom in this stage and Keep stirring for a few more minutes on a medium-low flame. Also, add the remaining ghee.


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10. Turn off the flame once the mixture starts oozing out the ghee and gets solidify. Be careful at this stage. Keep the flame low. Add a pinch of salt. 
(Salt is added to sweets just to balance and enhance the overall flavor. Please do not add more than a pinch).


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11. Pinch a small portion and see you can make a ball.


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12. Stir it for some more time until the ghee slightly oozes out.


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13. Switch off the flame when it reaches the scoopable consistency that is the texture should be soft, coarse, and grainy. Then, Immediately transfer the mixture into a glass bowl or stainless steel container. (Careful the mixture will be hot. Do not leave the badam halwa in the same hot pan as the texture might turn dry and becomes like badam burfi consistency).


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14. Once it becomes warm, scoop it and serve it in a bowl. You can decorate it with saffron strands, chopped almonds, etc.


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Tips and tricks to get a perfect badam halwa.


1. The non-stick pan/ Iron Kadai works best for this recipe. 

2. You may adjust the sugar as per your choice. Half cup for mild sweetness, 3/4th cup for medium-level, and 1 cup for very sweet. I prefer 1 cup.

3. If the mixture becomes dry add some warm water (Say 1 to 2 tbsp) and stir it on a low medium flame until you get the right grainy scoopable consistency.

4. In case if you add more water, stir it for more time.

5. Adding enough ghee helps in getting soft and melt-in-mouth halwa texture.

6. Store the halwa in an airtight container for up 1 week in the refrigerator and 2 days over the counter.

7. A pinch of salt is added to sweets just to balance and enhance the overall flavor. Please do not add more than a pinch.


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Almond/Badam health benefits:


1. Low glycemic index.
2. High in monounsaturated fats.
3. Rich in biotin, vitamin B2, copper, Manganese.
4. Rich in prosperous and magnesium.
5. It is alkaline in nature and helps in reducing the ph levels in the body.
6. It helps in getting strong bones and teeth.
7. Prevents tooth decay.
8. Helps to reduce the developing risk of osteoporosis.
9. It increases nutrient absorption.
10. It helps in controlling blood sugar.
11. It contains healthy fats that help in weight loss.
12. Fiber-rich food.
13. It prevents overeating of carbs.
14. Great source of Vitamin E and antioxidants. 
15. Good for skin and hair growth.


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Health Benefits of Ghee or Clarified Butter:


1. Ghee is a dairy-based product but it is lactose and casein-free. It is pure fat and doesn't contain any carbohydrates.
2. It contains healthy saturated fats. 
3. Ghee is rich in butyric acid
4. It has a high smoke point - 
5. It has high levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and antioxidants
6. It contains fat-soluble Vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E, K
7. Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium.
8. It keeps you satiated and helps with weight loss
9. Ghee is considered a brain tonic in Ayurveda.
10. It helps with digestion.
11. Ghee is good for skin and hair.
12. It strengthens bones and boosts immunity.


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Saffron health benefits:


1. Helps in getting glowing skin
2. powerful antidepressants
3. It helps with weight loss.
4. It improves digestion.
5. It contains anti-oxidants.
6. Treats depression.
7. It boosts memory.
8. Helps with PMS and pain reliever.
9. Healthy heart.
10. Good for digestion.
11. Promotes mental health.
12. Prevents diabetes.
13. It relieves depression and keeps stress at bay.
14. Strengthens the nervous system.


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Health benefits of milk:


1. Strong and healthy bones.
2. Muscle growth.
3. It helps in weight loss.
4. Great energy booster.
5. Strengthens the immune system.
6. Good for eyesight.
7. Great source of vitamin D and calcium.
8. Healthy teeth,
9. Good for skin and hair.
10. Boosts immune system.

(*health benefits are taken from Google & Wikipedia).


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Badam halwa calories:



(Calories are an estimation only. Please refer to very well for a more detailed calorie chart and nutrition facts, etc).


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