Monday, January 28, 2013


After so many days, I have prepared the very old sweet-Badam Halwa in my home. It is true that this is the most delicious sweet if it is prepared in the traditional way. With a few ingredients, it needs only an exact ‘ padham’ to make a delicious Almond halwa. My grandson loves to have a small cup every day!

பாதாம் அல்வா
Ingredients needed:

Almonds- 2 CUPS

Sugar- 2 cups

Ghee – 1 cup

Thick milk- 1 cup

Rose essence or almond essence- a few drops

Saffron- a pinch

Yellow Food colour- a few drops


Soak the almonds in 2 cups of hot water for half an hour.

Then peel off the skin and grind them with the milk a little coarsely.

Mix in the colour and the saffron.

Heat a pan and add the sugar.

Pour immediately a little water enough to cover the top surface of the sugar.

Boil it on medium fire.

When the sugar syrup turns in to one thread consistency [ kambi paahu], add the ground paste of almonds. .

Turn the fire in to low medium and begin to stir it continuously.

Pour the essence and the food colour and mix well.

Almost after 20 minutes, the badam halwa leaves the sides the pan.

Pour the ghee in intervals.

Take a little halwa and make a smooth ball.

It it can be done smoothly, then that is the ‘ correct padham’.

The delicious Badam halwa is ready now!

NB: I have used the full cream milk powder to prepare the milk instead of any variety of milk to get an extra richness.