Ugadi (Souramana – solar calendar) is around the corner and it always makes me nostalgic. The joy of waking up with closed eyes to make sure that the first thing in the morning you see are the auspicious and joyous things in life arranged beautifully on a plate.
This post here talks about the festival in detail and also the rituals (with pictures) that we follow to mark the New Year as per the Hindu Calendar.
This year Sauramana Ugadi falls on the 14th of April which is a Saturday and like every year I was working on the menu for the special day! And, fortunately, I happened to find blanched Almond flour in Costco during my routine grocery shopping visit. And I immediately decided to make Badam halwa using the flour and try the recipe.
I must say, I am happy that I found the flour because not only does it reduce the time needed to make this dessert but it also tastes delicious 🙂
Read along for the detailed recipe:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:10-12 minutes
Serves: 2 to 3 people
Almond flour – 1.5 cups
Whole milk – 2 cups
Sugar – 3/4th cup
Saffron – 1 pinch
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Slivered almonds – for garnishing
Warm the milk in the microwave just so the flour can mix easily without forming any lumps.
In a mixing bowl, add milk, almond flour, and sugar. Mix well using a hand whisk.
Now, pour the contents into a wide bottomed pan and bring it to boil on a medium flame, stirring continuously.
Once the milk is hot, add saffron and mix well.
While continuing to stir, add in the ghee.
Keep stirring till you get the halwa consistency. You can know that the halwa is cooked when the mixture starts thickening and leaves the side of the pan.
Once done, turn off the heat and garnish with some slivered almonds.