August is a month of celebrations – birthdays, Indian festivals and summer break :). Usually have many get togethers with friends and family. Food is an essential part to any celebration. I love to make dishes that are cooked back home that makes me stay connected, kids also get a chance to learn about our traditions. In the process we end up indulging in lot of food :).
This year is special – India celebrates its 70th Birthday, so does my dad :).
I make a lot of Indian dishes but using easy methods to cook the dishes that have lengthy cooking time. One of them being badam(almond) halwa(fudge). All of us love this halwa. My mom makes it the best. She soaks the almonds and de-skins them. Almonds are ground into coarse paste and cooked for a long time on low flame with constant stirring. It’s a bit of lengthy process, if you have time this is the best way to make it. Sometimes I decide to make an additional dessert with the meal and will mostly be short on time. I like to have recipes with short cuts which doesn’t compromise so much on taste. I have used almond flour and made this delicious dessert in less than 30 mins.
Vanishing story behind this recipe :). First time I tried this recipe, it vanished in couple of hours after everyone got back home. In less than a week, I made 2 batches of this to serve for another party (also wanted to perfect this recipe 🙂 ). Even before the party, one batch disappeared. I had to make another batch again on the day of the party. Saga of vanishing with this dessert continues every time I make it :)..
almond flour 1 cup
ghee 1/4 cup (measure ghee that’s not melted)
evaporated milk 1 can/12 oz
sugar 1/2 cup
Heat a wide pan, add ghee and let it melt.
Stir in the sugar and evaporated milk.
Bring it to a boil and simmer for 8 mins.
Add the almond flour and mix well till no lumps are there.
Continue to cook this with constant stirring using a rubber spatula for 10 min on low-medium flame or till the halwa comes together as one lump.
Grease a tray and spread the halwa.
Let cool, cut into slices and serve.