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Jul 26, 2008

Badam paal / Almond milk


Almonds, the protein power house are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. More here.

Here is one sweet delicacy that can be prepared before hand and stored in the refrigerator and can be used as and when needed. This almond drink can be had hot or cold. Makes a warm drink on a winter night and a cold drink on a summer afternoon. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

Almonds or Almond meal - 1 cup

Granulated sugar - one and half cups

Reduced fat milk - 2 cups

Water - 1 cup

Cardamom powder - 1 teaspoon

Saffron strands - 1 pinch

Method:

If using almonds, blanch the almonds by boiling almonds in hot water for thirty minutes. Cool off and peel the skin.

Grind the blanced almonds to smooth paste using half cup water and half cup milk.

Transfer the ground almond to a heavy bottomed kadai and add half cup water and half cup milk.

Add the saffron strands and allow it to cook in reduced heat.

If using the almond meal (ground alomond), whisk half a cup water and half a cup milk and cook in a heavy bottomed kadai.

Stir every other minute for atleast 15 minutes or until the raw almond smell goes away.

If required add more milk.

When the almond paste is cooked, add the sugar.

Let the sugar dissolve.

Allow it to cook until the mixture thickens.

Add the cardamom powder and let it cook for a couple of minutes.

Turn off heat.

Take half a cup of this almond paste and pour half a cup milk and serve hot, cold or at room temperature.

This badam paste can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container.

Just mix milk to the paste as and when needed.

This badam milk can be called badam payasam too.

Thanks to my mom for teaching me this delicious recipe.


This is my entry to sweet series - cool desserts.

8 comments:

Nags said...

this is a regular drink at home when we have guests. i mean at my mom's place :) i love that glass!

easycrafts said...

Yummy...I love this drink..

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

Anything healthy is good for all.

Sia said...

i grew up drinking this almond milk almost every day after school :) lovely pic girl.

Sagari said...

badam milk from strach ,yumm ,I always use store bought badam milk powder

Sunshinemom said...

I make this for guest as 'prasadam' during Navratri! Love it!

delhibelle said...

seems like i am the only onwe who is new to this beverage, but i can tell it must be extremely delicious.
The glass, milk and the picture, all look so soothing and beautiful.

Mythreyee said...

Yes, I am sure it is everybody's favorite. We all like Almonds among nuts as much as potatoes among vegetables.