Sunday, April 09, 2006

Badam Kheer - Almond Dessert (Drink)

An aromatic Indian culinary enticement that is an absolute delight to the sweet-toothed is Badam Kheer, a milk based dessert/drink where ground almonds are cooked in milk and sugar and flavored with saffron and cardamom.Its not-so-creamy texture,mild nutty flavor of almonds, aromatic rich flavor of saffron and cardamom make it a delicious sweet drink after a dinner party or a spicy meal.
Badam Kheer Recipe

25 almonds (badam pappu)
1 litre milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4-5 crushed green cardamoms
10-15 strands saffron soaked in warm milk

Soak almonds in hot water for 15 minutes and peel the skin and grind the almonds to a paste adding half a cup of water.
Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add the sugar and almond paste and then on low heat keep stirring once in while till the milk is reduced to 3/4 th of its quantity.Ensure that you stir so that it doesnt burn.
Add the cardamom pwd and stir well.Turn off heat.
Soak saffron strands in some warm milk and stir it well and add it to the kheer.
Garnish with silvered almonds and serve chilled.

Note:Badam Kheer,which is one of my family's favorite drink , can be made to a thicker consistency by boiling the milk till it is reduced to half its original quantity like payasam.I prefer to make it to a drinking consistency by boiling the milk to 3/4th of its original quantity.You can use low fat milk or half and half.The sugar quantity can be adjusted to your choice.It can also be served warm.

Almonds are highly nutritious and are essential nuts for growing children and also give a glow to our skin.Badam Kheer,a family favorite dessert drink ,joins my list of Indian Drinks And Sharbats and I would also like to share this Indian dessert recipe with Indira's series on



BDSN said...

Superb Photo!!Sailu!!JUst love it...

Mrs. Marthi said...

Hi Sailu,

Badam paalu excellent ga vundi. This is one of my fav drinks. Till now I don't know how to make it. I am going to try this today itself...

Mrs Marthi.

Priya Bhaskaran said...

Sailu, I like this drink. Never tried at home:) Nice pictures!!

Kitchenmate said...

Sailu: Yummy drink. Picture looks so delicious that i want to grab the glass:)
Goes to my "Must do's"

Lera said...

Wow, sailu, you have been uncovering some pretty sweet stuff of late...looks yummmmmm.I bet your son & family would have had a feast back home with all the summer drinks and dessert drinks . Mmmmm, Lucky them ;)

Cheers !

Lakshmi said...

this is one of my favorite drink.
tapakunda try cheyala sailu. and by the way, you have been tagged.

vkn said...

Sailu - we miss your entries at My Dhaba's VCC Q1 2006. Just a reminder that today is the last day for the submission of the entries. Cheers!

Vineela said...

Hi Sailu,
Picture looks delicious.I did this kheer last week.U r picture is very good.I too add saffron which gives great look and taste. kudos.

Santhi said...

I make this one with out saffron. Does adding saffron make a lot of difference in taste sailu??
BTW beautiful beautiful picture..

radhika said...

hi Sailu,
I prepared this drink yesterday and we all loved it alot...specially my husband.
Thanks for such a nutritious drink.

MM said...

Oh I love this drink. One of my nannies used to make this for me. I've not had it in ages! So glad you posted this so I can make this now! Thanks!

Puspha said...

Delicious. Never tried it but gonna do it soon.

Anonymous said...

Love all your pictures, what camera do you use?