Almond halwa is very delicious and nutritious.
But it sounds tedious to make it, right??
What if there was a shortcut??
And it could be made in just 15 mins??
Almond flour or almond meal is easily available at most bakeries. Let’s use that and make a quick halwa.
Just know that almond flour is without the almond skin.
And almond meal is flour along with the almond skin.
Both can be used to make the halwa, but the texture is slightly different.
- Almond flour: 3 and 1/2 cups full
- Ghee or clarified butter: 3/4th cup
- Green cardamon: 4-5 , pounded and powdered
- Saffron strands: 2 pinches
- Sugar: 3/4 cup
- Full cream milk: 1 cup
- Water: 1 cup
- Optional: Desiccated almonds, silver foil for decoration
1.We will be working on two burners simultaneously. So keep everything ready nearby. Take a large pan, and on a high flame, add ghee and the almond flour to it. Keep stirring. Reduce the flame to low in 5 mins.
2. Simultaneously take a small pan on a medium flame, and add the water and sugar to it. Allow it to boil.
3. Stir the almond flour continuously for another 5 mins until you get a nice golden colour. It turns brown very quickly, so be watchful. If needed, you can turn the flame off and then restart it. I like my halwa to look nice and golden brownish in colour.
4. To this, now add the milk. It can be cold milk or warm milk, either is ok. Keep stirring, as the almond flour absorbs the milk and the flour will start to thicken.
5. Turn the flame off for the water and sugar syrup. Add the cardamon powder and saffron to it. Give it a good mix and tip it all into the large pan. It bubbles over, so be careful at this step.
6.Keep stirring for a few minutes, while making sure there are no lumps, until the ghee separates and the mixture thickens.
Tip: The excess ghee on the sides can be spooned out and stored for the next use.
Decorate with silver foil and some desiccated almonds. Always serve it warm. Enjoy in small quantities to avoid feeling guilty !! 😛