Thursday, November 1, 2007

Badam Halwa and Happy Deepavali


Deepavali – The festival of lights… The festivities are all set to begin.
It is a magical time when everyone is in high spirits - full of joy and happiness. The atmosphere is absolutely thrilling and excitement is at an all time high whether young or old.

With Deepavali round the corner, one can sense the excitement slowly building up. Children wait eagerly for the roadside firecracker shops to set up shop. Families make the dreaded but absolutely necessary trip to chaotic T Nagar in the hunt for the perfect Deepavali dress, sari, outfit…. Everyone starts planning for the special day. Gifts to be given are decided on. Gifts are also received with a great deal of joy.

In a nutshell, Deepavali can be said to be a festival celebrating shopping, eating, fireworks, eating, gift giving, eating, lighting diyas, eating, getting fat. Agree with me?

Menus for the lunch are decided and of course how can one forget the sweets (the downfall of all dieters and weight watchers)?? I think nowadays, sweets are the most important part of Deepavali. Everyone is on the look out for that scrumptious sweet recipe that they can try out.


But hold it right there. There are conditions: 1) It has to be easy to make and quick and 2) it has to be different from what the others will make.


So I tried out a Badam Halwa recipe in preparation for Deepavali. Now when it comes around, I will have the perfect sweet to make.

This was one of the simplest things to make. Not too many ingredients and no complicated steps in the preparation process.


Now for the Almond Halwa...


Ingredients

1 ½ cup almonds
1 ½ cups sugar
4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons ghee
A few strands saffron dissolved in a teaspoon of hot milk
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ cup water

Method:

Heat 2 cups of water. Put the almonds in. Boil for a minute. Take it off the heat. Peel the almonds.
Grind in the mixie along with the milk till it is a smooth paste.
Heat the sugar with the water till it starts boiling. Add the almond paste and keep stirring well to avoid any lumps and making sure that it does not stick to the bottom of the vessel. Add the saffron milk mixture now. Add ghee a little at a time.
Stir till it becomes thick. (Note: It gets a lot thicker on cooling.)
Add cardamom powder and take off the heat.
Serve cool.


BTW: There is this description of eating Badam Halwa which says it all.

19 comments:

lakshmi said...

now you better have something "almondish" for you know what.

Gita said...

The description of the eating of the halwa as almost as good as the recipe!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Menu Today said...

Hi,

Rich looking halwa with saffron.. pic is tempting me to make.. Thanks for sharing,

Sneha said...

oohhh! thats a very tempting pic!!!

bindiya said...

delicious hot!great recipe!will try this one for sure.

KayKat said...

I want to sign up to be your taster for all your practice recipes! This looks *so* good :)

sagari said...

halwa looks delecious

Rina said...

Such a tempting halwa kamani. Looks absolutely delicious. Thx fo r the recipe

Happy cook said...

Delicious badam halwa.

Mansi Desai said...

Cool! I can give anything for badam halwa!! its my favourite halwa in the orld, well, almost, after my mom's moongdal sheera:)

Saju said...

that looks so rich and tasty. I love the golden look of your halwa, and the saffron and almonds make it look soooooo good

Srivalli said...

wow...thats a great one, good choice lakshmi...:)...

kamini..that has come very well indeed

Puspha said...

Divine!!!!

Swaroopa said...

gr8 recipe!! will try it soon. pic looks amazing.

Michelle Krell Kydd said...

Thank you for referring to the Badam Halwa article I wrote for my blog, Glass Petal Smoke. Flavor and fragrance are a wonderful way for people all over the world to connect, as evidenced on your blog--which is quite lovely. Keep the cauldron bubbling ;-)
--Michelle
www.glasspetalsmoke.blogspot.com

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks delicious.....:))I am checking your link given...
"HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS dEEPAVALI"

Latha Narasimhan said...

Oh! so this is what I will get to taste when I visit Chennai!:) Lovely halwa!:)
We must arrange to meet on 16th or 17th. I will be there for three days. You will surely get to taste Naan dear!:)

Latha Narasimhan said...

HAPPY DEEPAVALI KAMINI!!:)

Viren said...

Happy Deepavali. Really Fantastic and informative post on diwali festival and eye catching and mouthwatering pictures on Badam Halwa. Every one know that Diwali is a major festival of India and all Indians are celebrated this festival with great joy. In other word Diwali is a Gift giving festival. Sweets, MIthai are main and major selling Diwali Gifts for Diwali festival. but this is not possible for NRI People to meet relative on this festival. they can send online diwali gifts to india to relatives.