Badam ka sheera (Almond pudding)

Happy New Year!

A healthy and quick dessert for any occasion.

We happened to taste this dish in a restaurant during our recent india visit.  We forgot to ask the chef for the recipe.    Both of us were kind of asking each other why we did not ask him. We googled  but could not find anything which would lead to that dish.    I kind of reverse engineered and came out with this recipe and it matched the original dish to a great extent.  

Jaggery is a healthier replacement to white sugar.

Here you go!

What you need?

Almond meal - 1 cup  (see notes)
Powdered Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Milk-1/4 cup (optional)

How to make?

1.  Pour 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan and add jaggery to it, boil in medium to low flame.  Place a laddle and watch for it to not overflow.  Once the jaggery melted completely, sieve it with a wire mesh (preferably steel since you don't to use plastic for hot liquids)

2.  In a wider sauce pan, add the jaggery liquid, stir in the powdered almond meal and let it cook in  low flame for 5 minutes, keep stirring once a minute

3.   Add ghee and mix well and stir for 2-3 minutes more.    It should come to a thick consistency more like halwa.   It will be sticky when it is hot.  Let it cool completely for the best taste.

I could not wait that longer to try!


* You can cook the almond meal in milk and add more ghee for a richer version
* Almond meal can be easily made at home.  Pulse almonds in the food processor till they are powdered.  You will run with almond butter if you run it longer.
* Jaggery can be shredded at home


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