Badam Halwa Recipe

badam halwa recipe

Badam halwa or badam sheera is a delicious Indian sweet recipe made from blanched almonds and can be prepared on festivals and special occasions. You can also make this halwa as prasad(offering) to god.

It is an easy recipe made with few ingredients such as almonds(badam), sugar, ghee and cardamom. For this recipe, I have used ‘mamra’ badam as they have high health benefits, but you can also use normal almonds. If you are vegan, you can replace clarified butter (ghee) with an equal amount of oil to make halwa.

For other sweet recipes you can check:

  1. Kaju katli
  2. Coconut ladoo
  3. Churma ladoo
  4. Shrikhand
  5. Moong daal halva
  6. Modak
  7. Banana sheera
  8. Rice kheer

Stepwise recipe to make Badam halwa:

  1. Heat 1 cup water in a pan and add ½ cup almonds (badam) to it. Soak the almonds in hot water for about 20-25 minutes. This is called blanching of almonds and is done so that almonds become softer and it is easy to peel their skin.
  2. In another bowl, take 1 tablespoon water and add 1 pinch saffron (Kesar) strands to it. Keep it aside.
  3. Drain the water and peel the blanched almonds. 
  4. In a mixture grinder, add peeled almonds and little water enough for almonds to grind well. With the pulse method, grind the almonds to get granular consistency. Pulse method means not running grinder at a stretch for a long time. Instead, run the grinder for short intervals 2 – 3 times. Don’t grind almonds into a very fine consistency.
  5. Heat a pan and add the almond paste to it. Stir well for 2-3 minutes keeping the flame low. You will get a sweet aroma of almond.
  6. Now add ½ cup sugar to the almond paste. Mix well and stir almond paste and sugar. 
  7. Keep stirring till sugar starts to melt. Initially, when the sugar starts to melt the halwa mixture will become a thin paste. As you stir, the halwa starts to thicken.
  8. In the halwa, add saffron along with the water in which it was soaked(prepared in step 2). Stir and mix well.
  9. Now add 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee) in the halwa. 
  10. Stir and mix well till the ghee is absorbed by the almond halwa.
  11. Now add 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee). Stir well till ghee gets absorbed in the and halwa starts to thicken.
  12. On stirring more, halwa will thicken more and starts to leave the sides of the pan. Keep stirring till it becomes a soft lump.
  13. Switch off the gas and pour the halwa in a bowl and allow it to set.
  14. Garnish with chopped almonds and serve warm. This halwa stays fresh for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
Badam Halwa Recipe – A stepwise photo guide to make Badam Halwa
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 

Here is a complete stepwise photo guide on how to make badam halwa

Course: sweets & Desserts
Cuisine: Maharashtrian
Keyword: festive recipes
Servings: 2 persons
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almonds (badam)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 pinch saffron (kesar)
  • 1 cup water (for blanching almonds)
  • 2 – 3 chopped almonds (for garnishing)
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 cup water in a pan and add ½ cup almonds (badam) to it. Soak the almonds in hot water for about 20-25 minutes.

    Badam halwa_step1
  2. In another bowl, take 1 tablespoon water and add 1 pinch saffron (Kesar) strands to it. Keep it aside.

    badam halwa_step2
  3. Drain the water and peel the blanched almonds.

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  4. In a mixture grinder, add peeled almonds and little water enough for almonds to grind well. With the pulse method, grind the almonds to get granular consistency.

    badam halwa_step4
  5. Heat a pan and add the almond paste to it. Stir well for 2-3 minutes keeping the flame low. You will get a sweet aroma of almond.

    badam halwa_step5
  6. Now add ½ cup sugar to the almond paste. Mix well and stir almond paste and sugar. 

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  7. Keep stirring till sugar starts to melt. Initially, when the sugar starts to melt the halwa mixture will become a thin paste. As you stir, the halwa starts to thicken.

    badam halwa_step7
  8. In the halwa, add saffron along with the water in which it was soaked(prepared in step 2). Stir and mix well.

    badam halwa_step8
  9. Now add 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee) in the halwa. 

    badam halwa_step9
  10. Stir and mix well till the ghee is absorbed by the almond halwa.

    badam halwa_step10
  11. Now add 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee). Stir well till ghee gets absorbed in the and halwa starts to thicken.

    badam halwa_step11
  12. On stirring more, halwa will thicken more and starts to leave the sides of the pan. Keep stirring till it becomes a soft lump.

    badam halwa_step12
  13. Switch off the gas and pour the halwa in a bowl and allow it to set. Garnish with chopped almonds and serve warm. This halwa stays fresh for 3 – 4 days in the refrigerator.

    badam halwa recipe

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