Sunday, January 16, 2011

Badam Kheer Recipe

Almonds have an inherent quality of containing nature’s goodness in them. Their benefits in maintaining good health are wide ranging. Badam as it is commonly known in North India and in other parts of the country is used to garnish as well as prepare special savories particularly on special occasions and festivals. Kheer is a special sweet preparation made of milk and sweeteners, which is popular in its many manifestations all over India. The following recipe of Badam Kheer illustrates the list of ingredients required to prepare it as well as the preparation procedure.

  • Almonds – 1 cup blanched and ground to a fine paste
  • Fattened milk- 2 ltrs
  • Khoya – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Cardamoms – 1 tblsp
  • Raisins – 1 tblsp
  • Pistachios – 1 tsp
  • Rose essence – 8-10 drops
  • Saffron – a pinch
Method for blanching almonds:
1. Boil half a liter of water and throw in the Almonds. Boil for 2 minutes and cool.
2. Peel the skin off the almonds
3. Grind to a fine paste

Method to prepare the Kheer:
1. Boil milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan until it turns thick.
2. While half way into boil put in the almond paste.
3. Add sugar, stir continuously until the sugar is fully dissolved.
4. Remove the saucepan from flame and allow it to cool.
5. Garnish with broken pieces of pistachios, raisins, rose essence ,saffron
6. Edible silver foil can also be put for added effect.

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