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.
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
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.