Badam Halwa (Almond Halwa)

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This is a rich recipe and one can’t have too much of it at one time -but it is delicious nevertheless.


1/2 cup almonds, soaked overnight
1/3 cup milk
4 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
3 tbsp ghee

For the garnish:

2 to 3 almonds, peeled and sliced


  1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the almonds. Leave aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and remove the skins of the almonds.
  3. Purée the almonds with 4 tablespoons of milk to a smooth paste in a blender.
  4. Heat the ghee in a non-stick kadhai and add the almond purée. Cook over a slow flame while stirring continuously till the mixture turns golden brown (approx. 15 minutes).
  5. Boil together the remaining milk with 4 tablespoons of water, add to the almond mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add the sugar and cardamom powder and cook till the sugar has dissolved, while stirring continuously.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with the almonds.



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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jairo on Mar 18, 2013

    I’m doing a nutrition assignment and I need to know…
    2 Tbsp of Green pepper = how many cups of veggies?
    2 Tbsp Tomato Sauce, is this considered veggies? and if so , how many cups?
    Can i just say 2 tbsp is equal to 1/8 of a cup?
    Almond granola bar –> meat & nuts category?

  2. posted by Chris R on Mar 18, 2013

    I am making a recipe that calls for 2 cups of slivered almonds to be ground. I want to use Almond Meal instead and want to know if anyone knows the conversion of slivered almonds to ground?

  3. posted by Bryan J on Mar 18, 2013

    I usually have a protein shake for lunch sometimes one scoop vanilla (110 calories) and a cup of almond milk (35 calories) is that mad if I’m not working out before or after I drink it??

  4. posted by addmeonxbox360myuserisfallior on Mar 20, 2013

    If you do could you please forward me the recipe via email as I have just had a large crop of Guava from my tree and it has all ripened together.

  5. posted by stephen m on Mar 20, 2013

    For my food homework, I need to find out 4 savoury dishes and 4 sweet dishes from India. I am not sure though, if anyone could help me that would be great. If you know the description, that would be good as well, thank you so much

  6. posted by Mc L on Mar 20, 2013

    I dodt know how to spell(even pronounce)one of my fav.sweets@puja.
    Halwa??(made with semolina,ghee,almond,cardamom,sultana,sugar ect.(nani makes it&i’ve been abroad to long to know how)
    will someone please give me method+measures(&how to make this simple pleasure…
    Any other sweet recipies(from fiji/indian)burfee?easy to make@home,would be great.
    Semae??my favourite(vermacilli,milk,almonds&what else?)how.Please help i’m craving in australia.

  7. posted by Caltel T on Mar 21, 2013

    •1/2 cup dried cranberries
    •1/2 cup raisins
    •1/2 cup cashew pieces
    •1/2 cup almonds
    •1/2 cup peanut butter

    Mix together and chill. Cut into 10 equal pieces.
    10 servings.

    Here is my email in casue you need to email it.

  8. posted by colingrillo on Mar 21, 2013

    My recipe says I need to put 1 1/8 cup of almonds into a food processor and then mix the end result with the powered sugar. What If I don’t add the almonds? lol.

  9. posted by Dr Dorian on Mar 21, 2013

    45 minutes, 5 days per week on either the treadmill or elliptical machine. I also do strength training 3x per week. I am 5’4″ and 25 years old. I rarely drink alcohol. I usually eat very healthy…a normal day for me is:
    2 scrambled eggs and coffee for breakfast
    turkey and swiss on wheat bread for lunch (no mayo)
    1/8 cup almonds for midday snack
    Lean meat and veggies with rice for dinner
    popsicle for dessert
    at least 64 oz. water per day
    So, I feel like my habits are good, but I can’t seem to lose any weight. What are some things I can do to lose that 10lbs before christmas….

  10. posted by skychi99 on Mar 22, 2013

    Which Desi sweets are your favorite? Pinni? Kajew aur Badam Barfis, Basin aur Mothee Coor Ladoo, Jalaybees, kuch bhi? Raas maliee? And are Guju sweets different from most North Indian sweets? I am Punjabi and we have our own sweets and Bengali have their own like raasgola and chum chum laykin what about Guju and Rajasthani sweets?

  11. posted by Seth on Mar 23, 2013

    I am making a recipe that calls for 3/4 cup of crushed almonds and I would go out and get some but its snowing pretty heavily. Is there anything i can use as a substitute?

  12. posted by Eric on Mar 23, 2013

    I have never eaten Indian Food. I have heard and read reviews that this local restaraunt is Very Authentic, and is very good.

    Whats Indian Food like…
    What can I expect….

    I love Chinese and Japanese, is it anything similar….

    and what exactly is Curry?

  13. posted by Chris R on Mar 24, 2013

    Breakfast: 1 apple, 1 orange, and green tea

    Lunch: 1 packet of Quaker Instant Oatmeal (apples and cinnamon) mixed in with a little bit of Old Fashioned plain Quaker Oatmeal and about a cup of unsweetened Blue Diamond Almond Milk

    Snack: Smoothie: 2 bananas, mangoes, strawberries and about a cup of Almond Milk

    Dinner: Rice with chicken, steak or fish and some cooked veggies

    Snack: 15-28 almonds

    Other: 8 cups of water
    1-2 cups of coffee with a little bit of Almond milk and 2 packets of Stevia per cup

    I’m 22 years old, weigh 93 pounds and I am 4’11. My goal is to tone up and get a flatter belly.

  14. posted by Samuro on Mar 24, 2013

    how much calories does half a cup of cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio, macadamia, peanut and sunflower seeds? and does plain water contain any calories?

  15. posted by altair on Mar 24, 2013

    This is what i used…

    1 package cream cheese, softened
    4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
    1/4 cup dry white wine or apple juice
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1 teaspoon ground mustard
    1 can (6-ounce) crabmeat, drained, cartilage removed and flaked
    1/3 cup sliced almonds

  16. posted by nick s on Mar 25, 2013

    Someone help pleeeeease! I have got cooking on monday and i have to cook something rich in minerals but i want to do a dessert so can someone help me by answering me please! thank you very much!xx

  17. posted by Yoshi on Mar 25, 2013

    The well-known Kurdish specialty phyllo dough wrapped cardamom-heavy perdaplow is filled with chicken, rice, almonds and golden raisins. Stuffing Preparation – Boil the whole chicken covered with water for 30 minutes. Remove from water and set aside to cool. In a food processor or blender, blend the onion and garlic into a paste, and add salt and pepper. Cook the onion-garlic mixture over medium heat until dry. While the onions cook, de-bone the chicken and shred the meat, then add it to the onion mixture. Add cardamom, rice, almonds, raisins, and egg. Combine thoroughly. 1 whole chicken or equal amount of dices beef, 2 medium onions, 3 cloves garlic (optional?), 1/2 TBS cardamom, 4 cups cooked rice, 1 cup roasted almond (chopped), 1 large egg (also optional?), 1/2 cup golden raisins, salt and pepper to taste – read somewhere that Yale students put a rasberry-yogurt sauce on it. Like to hear more…
    part of the wikipedia article on Cardamom: Uses in cuisines around the world – Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance. It is a common ingredient in Indian cooking, and is often used in baking in Nordic countries.
    In traditional medicine – In South Asia, green cardamom called “Elaichi”, in Hindi and Urdu, is broadly used to treat infections in teeth and gums, to prevent and treat throat troubles, congestion of the lungs and pulmonary tuberculosis, inflammation of eyelids and also digestive disorders. It is also reportedly used as an antidote for both snake and scorpion venom.
    Species in the genus Amomum are also used in traditional Indian medicine. Among other species, Amomum villosum is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat stomach-aches, constipation, dysentery, and other digestion problems. “Tsaoko” cardamom is cultivated in Yunnan, China, both for medicinal purposes and as a spice.

  18. posted by Peter on Mar 26, 2013

    I’m making a spice cake using this recipe:

    4 Cups almond flour
    1 1/2 Cups almond milk
    1/4 Cup applesauce
    1/4 Cup honey
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 Tbsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. cardamom
    3/4 tsp. ginger
    1/2 tsp. anise
    1/4 tsp. cloves

    How will this turn out? Comments/suggestions (please don’t suggest cinnamon. I don’t cook anything with cinnamon.)
    Thank You! =D

  19. posted by Jose B on Mar 26, 2013

    I dont want to eat too much of a good thing, so along with a healthy diet, how many almonds should i add to my meal plan? Ive been reading around and there are a variety of answers but most of them say a handful but i handful can range between 20-35 almonds. Any ideas?

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