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 Uses of Almonds (Badam)


16 Uses of Almonds (Badam)

uses of almonds. badam uses in Indian cooking. Almond, even though considered to be a nut, is actually a seed of the fruit of the almond tree. They are used in Indian cooking for desserts and making the basic badam milk. Nevertheless it is known as the kind of nuts as it is extremely healthy in many respects. Almonds have a brown skin/coating and are off-white in color from the inside. They are slightly sweet in taste which makes them a delight to eat even raw.

1. Almonds are generally eaten raw, toasted or salted. They can be mixed with other dried fruits to be served as a snack. Whole or chopped almonds mixed with rolled oats and cinnamon is an ideal Healthy Granola Mix.  

2. Almonds are one of the few basic nuts, including cashews and pistachios that are used in sweet and dessert making in India. Indian sweets from all around the country utilize almonds, for example Gujarati Mohanthal is garnished with almond slivers and it is also added to the ever favorite Coconut Sheera. Enhance a healthy sauté of curried vegetables with sliced almonds.

3. Finely grind the almonds and use them to make a sweet Badam Ka Halwa. This is the perfect sweet for any festival and occasion celebrated in India due to its nutty flavor. 

4. Along with other dried fruits, almonds are a favorite for making pralines. Add chopped almonds to melted sugar or jaggery and then cooled to form a really amazing confectionary item. The Indian version of a praline is Chikki, which is a traditional sweet served all year round.

5. In the Mughlai and Pasanda cuisines, almonds are used extensively. They either form the base of a curry by adding richness to it or are used whole in biryanis to give a royal touch the food. As the name suggests, Nawabi Kesar Koftas have an excellent mouthfeel due to the almonds and cashews in the gravy. 

6. Almonds are very important for vegans. As vegans do not use any milk or milk based product, they use almonds to make Homemade Almond Milk. This milk can be had plain or with cereal or even in smoothies. It is a super healthy alternate to milk which has a great flavor and no added sugar! 

7. One can even make a homemade almond butter. This is a paste which is mostly used as a spread and is made by roasting and grinding the almonds till they start releasing their oil and turn into a delicious paste. It can be added to a breakfast shake or had plain to boost its taste and protein content. 

8. Make "nut crumbs" by adding toasted almonds to a food processor until the almonds are coarsely ground. These crumbs can form the base of pies or crusts of desserts like cheesecake or be used in savory dishes as topping for casseroles, or sprinkle on pasta and grain dishes.

9. Roasted almonds can be grinded up to make almond flour. This flour makes a super healthy Almond Bread, which you can even make at home for a healthy gluten free breakfast or snack. Other gluten free options to make with almond flour are Almond Bhakris.

10. Surprisingly almonds taste extraordinary in savory dishes. Not only are they an excellent choice for desserts, but whether grinding or chopped, they can be added to different pasta dishes and salads even! One of my favorite recipes with almonds is Fettucine in Celery Almond Sauce where the almonds give a nice crunch to the creamy sauce. 

11. Bursting with flavor, savory seasoned almonds are the perfect topping for your favorite side or main dish. In a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, toss whole natural or slivered almonds in a small amount of vegetable oil until golden. Add your choice of dried herbs, then sprinkle over salads, vegetables and pasta.

12. Healthy protein bars get much of their protein content by adding almonds to the mix. 

13. Needless to say, chopped almonds add the extra crunch and healthy element to cakes. Together with chocolate, you can make a fabulous Chocolate Nut Cake or even make tiny chocolate delights called Almond Rocks to serve at parties or to kids. 

14. Biscotti's are double baked Italian biscuits that have a crunch. Almond biscotti's have a unique flavor to them and they go so well with a hot cup of cocoa or as a tea time snack. 

15. Chopped almonds can be added to pancake and waffle batters as well. One such unique snack is a Mini Jowar Apple Pancake Recipe, a healthy variant of the regular maida pancakes.

16. The most famous ice cream during the past year, especially for me, has been the Roasted Almond Ice cream.  This flavor of ice cream got famous by a dessert chain called Naturals and I have not gone back. Even though you get it outside, the taste of the homemade version is so much better as you can control the flavor! 

 

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Uses Of Almonds Badam



This granola mix is the perfect healthy snack made of rolled oats, honey (if vegan use maple syrup), walnuts, almonds, cacoa nibs and coconut oil. It is inexpensive and not at all smeared with sugar like the store bought ones. The medley of flavors contain sweetness from the maple syrup, nutty and crunchy from the nuts, chocolatey from the cocoa nibs and coconut oil to blend it all together. This easy to do recipe is also very high on the nutrient and fibre list as oats help in lower the bad cholesterol in your body. The mix can be had plain, with milk, curds or with almond milk or soy milk for vegan. It can be made in large batches and can be easily stored in an airtight container.
Mohanthal is a traditional mithai with the rich flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture of ghee-roasted besan. Rose water and spices like cardamom and saffron give the sweet an enticing flavour and captivating aroma, while an assortment of slivered nuts makes the sweet richer. Popular in Rajasthan and Gujarat, this sweet is a part and parcel of the festive season. We have used regular besan for this recipe, which is easy to procure. Mohanthal can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for around 10 days!
Richness oozes out of very spoonful of this divine mithai. With the creamy taste of not just coconut but coconut milk too, the Coconut Sheera has a good dose of semolina and crumbled mawa for added volume, and a dash of nuts for an exciting crunch. Sweetened aptly with sugar and flavoured by classic Indian spices, this sheera is perfect for any special occasion .
A delicacy rooted in Indian tradition, Badam Halwa is indispensable for celebrations of any kind. It is good to have on normal days too! Infact, grandmas unfailingly advice their grandchildren to have a spoonful of this wholesome halwa every morning, all through the winter. This is one delicious morning ritual nobody would want to skip! This all-time favourite winter recipe is, of course, a bit rich, so you cannot have more than a few spoons at a time. Worry not, you can stash this safely into the freezer and have some everyday, especially in the winters. In this particular recipe, we have added a bit of whole wheat flour to get a crunchy effect and also prevent the formation of ghee on top of the halwa, so don’t forget to add it.
A tasty and energy-dense bar, which you ought to carry around in a small box in your handbag, if you tend to feel tired often! Rich in nutrients like protein, iron and vitamin E, this Til and Dry Fruit Chikki will beat fatigue and satisfy your sweet tooth in one shot. Nutritious jaggery replaces sugar in this wonderful chikki, while iron-rich til imparts a nice texture and intense aroma to it. Suitable for all age groups, this chikki is quite handy to carry around in a dabba to school or office. If you are serving it to kids, use a sharp cookie cutter to shape this chikki into interesting forms. Alo try other chikkis like Mixed Til Chikki , Oats and Walnut Chikki and Peanut Chikki .
The grandeur of this recipe is evident from the ingredients that go into the kofta. A range of dairy products, saffron and dry fruits give these Nawabi Kesar Koftas a melt-in-the-mouth texture and magnificent flavour. The tangy gravy, flavoured with a rich paste of spices and nuts, adds to the luxurious feel of the koftas with its tongue-tickling flavour and luscious consistency. It is worth indulging in ingredients like mava, raisins, cream and paneer that are used in this recipe, to relive the lives of the Nawabi kings! Try other Nawabi recipes like Nawabi Curry and Nawabi Naan
Here is how to make pure, soothing and tasty Almond Milk! This pure Almond Milk is rich in protein and iron , and wonderful for endurance athletes . It is a good substitute for milk for lactose intolerant people. This is an instant Almond milk which does not require and soaking of Almonds and then straining the blended milk. You can also try our recipe made with soaked almonds Homemade Almond Milk Made with Soaked Almonds . It has a pleasant taste, which can be enhanced further with a dash of honey. You can make a batch of this Almond Milk and store it in the fridge for three days in an airtight container. This almond milk can be used as a base for making many recipes like Avocado Almond Milk Vegan Smoothie and Healthy Peanut Almond Milk Oatmeal, for Breakfast
Homemade Almond Butter is totally awesome, a tantalising treat with a very unique flavour and interesting mouth-feel! Actually, it is something that must be experienced and not described! When you think almonds, you expect a nutty flavour, but this Homemade Almond Butter gives you a better flavour than you bargain for, because the nuts are roasted before blending. A dash of coconut oil further improves the flavour of this butter, apart from boosting its health benefits. Almond butter is a great source of Protein, while coconut gives you healthy fatty acids of medium chain triglycerides. It is always better to make your almond butter at home as store-bought almond butter contains loads of sugar and hydrogenated vegetable fats, which are not good for you. And to think you get all this goodness at probably half the price of the unhealthy market butter! You don’t need to buy big, expensive almonds to make butter, as you are anyway going to blend it. The only thing is that you need a bit of patience, as you have to blend the almonds gradually, switching off the knob after every half a minute. Otherwise, your mixer might heat up. Store your almond butter in a glass jar with a lid and it should stay good for 25 days in the fridge. You can also store the almond butter in a jar at room temperature and it stays good for 15 days. But note that if you put the butter in the fridge, then you must store it there always. When you are hungry, treat yourself to 1 tbsp of almond butter. It is a wise snack even for weight-watchers as it has the correct fats to keep you full for a longer time. Other good dips and snacks to have are Homemade Peanut Butter , Creamy Thick Curd Dip Using Jalapenos, Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes , Hummus .
A loaf without wheat? Unbelievable but true, and absolutely awesome too. Behold the Almond Bread made with Almond Milk. This recipe is a better option for those that don’t have eggs as in the recipe Almond Flax Bread with Eggs . This is a really unique snack, which tastes great and is chock-full of good health too. It is gluten-free, which means that even gluten-sensitive people can enjoy it. Rich in protein, which is good fat, the Almond Bread is an ideal snack for weight loss, and for athletes. You can enjoy it as it is, or with Peanut Butter . Packed in a foil and refrigerated, it stays good for around five days.
For many, the aroma of bhakri cooking on the tawa is reminiscent of home-cooked food! Here, we introduce you to a totally off-beat Almond Bhakri. As you will surmise from the name, the Almond Bhakri is quite a rich treat, but it is healthy and gluten-free too, so anybody can go for it. Almonds contain a lot of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. It helps lower blood sugar levels, reduces blood pressure and keeps cholesterol under check. You will be pleasantly surprised to know that the Almond Bhakri is also good for weight-loss, as almonds and ghee have perfect fats that keep you full for longer. Enjoy these gluten-free bhakris with full-fat curds , a paneer-based subzi or dal to make a tasty meal. Just take care while making the bhakri, as it should only be patted and not rolled.
Here is a rare delicacy out of Italian cuisine! Ribbon-like strands of fettuccine are dunked in a creamy celery and almond sauce to present a memorable treat. While adults will love the gourmet feel of the Fettuccine in Celery Almond Sauce, kids will enjoy the smooth, slippery strands.
This gooey chocolaty cake dotted with nuts is ambrosia for every chocolate lover. The intense flavour of chocolate is smartly teamed up with the rich tanginess of orange marmalade in this easy to make delicacy. To this, we add more delectable stuff like nuts, dry fruits and grated coconut with a dash of honey to intensify the flavour further. This cake is relatively easier than other cakes because you just need to mix everything together, cook for a few minutes and bake. You just need to be careful about one thing. Since the Chocolate Nut Delight is a gooey treat, you need to let the cake cool completely before demoulding. Otherwise, it will stick to the cake tin. You can also try other chocolate recipes like the Chocolate Pizza or Chocolate Popcorn Marshmallow Bars .
These iron-laden pancakes are a smart and healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth during pregnancy. A batter of jowar flour is fortified with apples and nuts, and sweetened with jaggery to make delicious Mini Jowar Apple and Walnut Pancakes, which are not only sweet but also excitingly textured and very aromatic too. Jowar, walnuts, almonds and jaggery are all rich in iron, while unpeeled apples give you a dose of fibre and other nutrients too. Remember to wash the apples well before adding to the batter, as they are used with the peel. If you are looking out for more nutritious iron rich recipes for pregnancy check these out Chawli Masoor Dal , Nachni Ladoos , Cauliflower Greens and Besan Muthia , Ragi and Oat Crackers and Matki and Jowar Paratha .
This lusciously creamy ice-cream with roasted almond slivers and chocolate chips is a treat worth a fortune! The crispness and rustic flavour of roasted almond slivers are a perfect contrast to melt-in-the-mouth chocolate chips. Together they make the ice-cream a mind-blowing success that everybody will fall deeply in love with. The best part about the Roasted Almond Ice-Cream with Chocolate Chips is that the ice-cream melts and gives way to the crunchy tidbits when you let it rest on your palate, and once you are done, there is a lingering flavour that is forged forever in your memory. Planning a dessert party! Check out our recipes of Desserts for Entertaining , it includes a large selection of sweet treats for everyone.
Fit for a festive day, but made without much sweat! Who can resist crisp, perfectly roasted almonds coated in chocolate? Cool well, and treat yourself to these crunchy delights, or wrap them up in attractive papers and gift them to a dear one. Ensure that the almonds are well roasted so that they remain crisp. Making almond rocks in the microwave retains the aroma of chocolate, without any charring or unnecessary morphing of the flavour. It is as good as melting the chocolate in a double-boiler.
Biscotti are a special class of biscuits, which are baked twice. This gives them a unique texture, which is firm to bite but soft on the palate! Baking twice also gives them a rich, well-done aroma. This recipe shares the secret of making fabulous Almond Biscotti, with the aesthetic flavour of vanilla and cinnamon and the amazing crunch of almonds. You can serve them fresh and warm, or cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy with a cup of Hot Coffee or Hot Chocolate .

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