Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saffron and Cardamom Horchata

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

Call me naive, but I didn't actually know there were different types of Horchata. The horchata that I was familiar with was Mexican horchata using rice milk.

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

Whilst I was in Barcelona, I ordered horchata at the station and a little google search later at home informed me that Spanish horchata is known as Horchata de Chufa which is made with tiger nuts!

I don't have an issue with dairy but have always loved drinking nondairy milk. I used to buy rice milk when I was younger and my mum suggested that we should have a go at making Horchata. Years passed and we never got round to it!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

So after having tried it myself, I wanted to have a go at making horchata at home, and soon! I didn't have time to buy tiger nuts, but we had rice at home so I made Mexican horchata instead. When there is a kitchen cupboard groaning under the weight of different spices, it made sense to add a different flavour to the horchata. I settled on saffron and cardamom horchata. My mum was particularly pleased. She is obsessed with anything saffron and cardamom flavoured, as is evident with all of the sweets she has made in the past!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

More Saffron and Cardamom Recipes- Saffron and Clementine Mixed Spice Buns | Manda/Mande Roti  | Cardamom Cupcake with Saffron Cream Cheese Frosting

It was a time-consuming process but the end result was worth the effort! It really spruces up plain rice milk. It was perfectly sweet and creamy and will always bring back the memory of Barcelona!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.


Notes:-
For a vegan option omit condensed milk and use raw sugar.
For a classic Mexican horchata use a small cinnamon stick and omit the saffron and cardamom.

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Saffron and Cardamom Horchata
A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with Indian saffron and cardamom.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup White Basmati or long grain Rice
  • 250ml Sweet condensed milk
  • 6-8 Green cardamom pods
  • Big pinch Saffron threads
  • Ice cubes (optional)
Instructions
Clean, wash and soak rice. Add 4 cups of cold water and let it soak the rice over night with cardamom pods.In the morning in a blender add rice, water, and cardamom. Puree it till you get a smooth texture.Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth and discard the rice mixture.Whisk the sweetened condensed milk and saffron threads into the rice liquid.Pour into glasses, add ice cubes if you like.Top each glass with a couple of saffron threads.Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 srvings

Friday, 18 August 2017

Barcelona - my unforgettable 3-day vacay!

Arc de Triomf-Barcelona, beautiful architecture,a popular tourist destination.

I'm already into August having found myself with no summer plans. After a gruelling year at uni and the last long summer holiday of my life, there was only one thing for it - booking a girls trip away! I am a medical student in my clinical years meaning I now will not get the luxury of many weeks off but just a fortnight. With some hasty last minute decisions, I and my friends landed on Barcelona and got to work planning our 3 days there.


I hadn't really considered Spain as a holiday destination much before even though it is an absolute tourist hotspot. I heard from a lot of friends that they had booked flights to Barcelona and now that I have been there, it is easy to understand why. Barcelona is the perfect cocktail of rustic old charm and young cosmopolitan vibes. With lashings of Sangria thrown in.

Day 1:

We flew in from London Luton to Barcelona - El prat on a 7 am flight. Neither of us was getting much beauty rest.

Upon landing at BCN airport, we bought 3-day (72hr) travel passes called Hola BCN. They could be used on unlimited on the metro, bus and other Barcelona public transport. The pass could also be used to get from the airport to the city via the metro. We took the L9 then changed over to the L5 to get to our accommodation 5 minutes from the Sagrada Familia.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau,Barcelona 15th century building in Barcelona now a museum.

After dumping our luggage (always overpacked as girls) in our room, we were free to begin exploring the city! We were mere seconds away from the Hospital de Sant Pau i de la Santa Creu, a 15th-century building that used to serve as a hospital and now as a museum and cultural centre.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau,Barcelona 15th century building in Barcelona now a museum.

There was no chance I was going to Spain without sampling the menu, so it was time to get some Patatas Bravas! Just from being outside for an hour or so was enough to experience the laid back attitude in Barcelona. I was enticed by the tables and tables of people enjoying tapas with a drink filling the streets. It's the kind of scene that is so hard to find back home in London.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. famous monument.

Now our next stop I was very excited about. We were going to visit the world famous Sagrada Familia. We bought tickets to the Sagrada Familia online in advance to save us from the long queues - I didn't want to take the risk of waiting around. If I thought the outside was spectacular, then I was in for a real treat once we made our way inside!


Colours danced through the stained glass windows and added to the allure of the interior. If I had my way, I could have sat here for hours, gazing at the intricate detail of the architecture. I was surprised to know that construction to the Sagrada Familia has been going on for over 100 years and is set to end in 2026. (An excuse to go visit again?) Even though it was packed with people, it still had a calming quality.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. famous monument.

Even though we were pretty jet lagged, we pushed on and made our way into the town centre by bus. I think the bus was one of the best ways to get around, we got where we wanted to be quicker than by foot but could still see all of the sights!

Placa Catalunya famous square in Barcelona.

We spent the rest of the evening walking along Las Ramblas, a vibrant promenade in the centre of Barcelona. I just couldn't get enough of the beautiful buildings, I took picture after picture ... it's times like this where having loads of memory cards to hand helps! The evening sun shone through the trees and cast gorgeous lights and shadows over each unique building. I fell in love with the balconies and couldn't help myself but stop and look - sorry to anyone behind me who had to put up with me stopping every couple of meters!

We ventured into La Boqueria market which was an experience all in itself! It couldn't be more packed but it made the market all the better. We were overwhelmed with stalls selling fresh fruit, juices, meats. Wherever you looked was FOOD. So naturally, I had to buy something. I got myself an avocado and coconut juice to cool down and recharge from all of the walking. I also managed to get some pictures. Obviously.

Las Ramblas street popular world famous street.

Las Ramblas street popular world famous street.

Las Ramblas street popular world famous street.

We walked around the town and squares late into the evening and finally found a spot to grab some dinner.

Day 2: 

The whole of the morning was taken up by a free walking tour which was a fantastic way to see the city! We explored the Gothic Quarter and I had the opportunity to learn more about the city I was in and its language.

I ate my first paella in Placa Reial - a picturesque square lined with eateries just off Las Ramblas.

We decided then to take the metro to Placa d'Espanya which was within easy reach from Las Ramblas. I didn't know what to expect from this place but I was not at all disappointed. Far away from the centre, Espanya had a completely different feel. Just by walking up from the steps off the metro, we could see the Venetian Towers and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).

Espanya MNAC




Montjuic cable car

We stopped to get drinks at the station. One glance at the menu and I knew what I was going to get. Horchata! One stop on the metro took us to the funicular for Montjuic where we could get on the Montjuic cable car to get panoramic views of Barcelona and the port. We took the cable car up one way and took a short leisurely walk back down again. Seeing Barcelona from a height really helped give perspective on what we were seeing down on the ground. The Sagrada Familia stood out firmly.

Barcelona city view Montjuic cable car

I had a really nice vegan dinner and then we had the evening free to head towards Barceloneta for the famous Barcelona nightlife! This was a girls trip after all and a chance to make use of my over flowing wardrobe back home!

Day 3: 

Park Guell Gaudi popular park in Barcelona.

Park Guell Gaudi popular park in Barcelona.

Day 3 began with a bus journey to Park Guell, a public park designed by Gaudi. It was simply beautiful. The clear blue sky contrasted seamlessly with the bright colours in the park. It was a hot day and we were tiring from our trip but that didn't stop us marvelling at the artistry at hand.

As we took the bus back to the centre, we passed Passeig de Gracia - Barcelona's high-end shopping street. My mouth watered looking at the pristine succession of shops that I wished I had more time to visit. One day I will return with an intention to spend, spend, spend.

Las Ramblas square dining in Barcelona.

One of my friends suggested that we visit El Born for lunch. We left the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic behind and entered a calm oasis. Narrow winding streets, rows of tapas bars and men playing Spanish music in the squares all added to the charm of El Born. My eyes were constantly wandering into the shop windows as I looked for props to bring back as gifts - I am a blogger's daughter after all!

Arc de Triomf-Barcelona, beautiful architecture,a popular tourist destination.

With plenty of time until our late evening flight, we walked to the Arc de Triomf (where a jumping photo is a given) then relaxed in the park next to it. We couldn't have asked for better weather as our trip began to draw to a close.

Arc de Triomf

Next, we meandered our way to Barceloneta beach, ice creams in hand. Normally, when I see pictures of crowded beaches, it really puts me off! But walking along the promenade and simply soaking in the atmosphere was enough! Spending some time at the beach rounded this vacay off in style.

Barceloneta Beach popular and gorgeous view.

Sadly, it was time to make our way back to the Airport to head home. But our love of the city lives on in the memories that we made... and the hundreds of pictures that we took!

Adéu Barcelona!

As I was adding the final pieces to this post, I heard the devastating news of the attacks in Barcelona on the 17th of August. I am shocked and saddened to hear that this has happened to such a beautiful city that is so full of life and energy. Barcelona is in our thoughts.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Mixed Lentils and Dill (Suva Bhaji) Daal

Lentils or daal is a staple in most Indian homes. This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.

Relish this delicious and nutritious Mixed Lentils and Dill (a.k.a. Suva Bhaji) Daal with steamed rice or hot phulka roti and experience its outstanding taste! This daal is packed with so many depths of flavour and is super good. It is so simple, homely and comforting dish which is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.

Lentils or daal is a staple in most Indian homes. This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.

Being a vegetarian family, we mainly rely on lentils and beans for our daily protein dose and I am always in a search for a various type of Daal recipes. I love using lentils and beans when you cook with a variety of spices, herbs or vegetables, it is guaranteed that the outcome will be splendid. Lentils and Beans are packed with protein and fibre and the same time so versatile. especially with lentils, you can create any kind of dish be it starters, main meals, dips, or even desserts.

Lentils or daal is a staple in most Indian homes. This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.


More Dill Recipe:- Dill Sabji | Avocado Dill Cream | Spicy Creamy Tomato Soup with Dill

My daughter has a soft corner for the tangy lemony and aromatic Dill-Suva bhaji and many other leafy greens, and my sunny boy can't get enough of any daal. Whenever I am in Indian grocery store I never forget to look out for fresh dill, and if I spot a big fresh bunch of Dill, couple of bunches straightaway goes in my trolly. So there for many times, I prepare lentils or beans with leafy greens and herbs Whatever they like to eat but whenever I prepare this Mixed Lentils and Dill Daal, I do not hear about anything else.

Lentils or daal is a staple in most Indian homes. This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.

Fresh Dill and Dill seeds are very popular in Indian cooking. According to health experts, dill is one of the healthiest herb available. It is packed with numerous healthy benefits, It is beneficial for diabetic people and a good source of calcium, magnesium and iron.  Dill helps improve digestive system too.

This daal comes together in no time. For a wholesome and nourishing meal serve this daal with salad, rice and roti.

Lentils or daal is a staple in most Indian homes. This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.


Notes:-
Only yellow moong daal can be used in this recipe.
I have prepared this daal vegan, but if you want to use ghee for tempering, (tadka) free to use.

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Mixed Lentils and Dill (Suva Bhaji) Daal
This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-Suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.
Ingredients
  • 400g Mixed lentils ( dhooli moong, masoor and chana daal) - Yellow Moong, Red and Split Bengal gram 
  • 2+1 Tbsp. Oil
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 2-3 Green chilli slit
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 2 cloves Garlic thinly cut
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 2 Tsp. Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Garm masala
  • 2 Tsp. Ground cumin and coriander
  • half Tomato chopped
  • 250g Dill (Suva bhaji)
  • 2 Red chilli dried
  • 1 Tsp. Lemon or lime juice
  • Pinch hing
Instructions
Thoroughly clean lentils and wash couple of times with clean water.Soak for half an hour if you are cooking in a pan. I always cook lentils and beans in pressure cooker. Add daal, water, salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker. Put it on a stove without lid, let the first boil come then put the lid on. Cook for 3-5 whistles and switch it off.Let the pressure cooker cool off naturally. Lightly mash cooked daal with the back of the ladle, no need to mash completely. n a heavy bottom pan or kadai heat oil and add cumin seeds.Once they splutter, add hing and onion. Once onion started getting pink, add garlic and ginger. Sauté the mixture for a couple of minutes then add split green chillies.Add chopped tomatoes and cook until completely cooked, then add all the masala one by one. Careful not to burn the spices once you see oil is separating the masala, add boiled daal and check the consistency, if it's too thick add little water. Add salt and bring it to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.Now add chopped dill leaves and cook further for a couple of minutes.Switch off the heat.Heat 1tbsp.oil is a small pan, add dried red chilli and thinly chopped garlic, fry the garlic until light brown, then add pinch red chilli powder, once you add red chilli powder, immediately pour on cooked daal.)After pouring second tadka once again re heat daal thoroughly. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot with rice, roti and salad.Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Mayfield Copycat Lavender Frappuccino



Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

Mayfield Lavender Farm, near London! an amazing place to visit during summer months with friends and family.

A few days ago, I and my family went to the Mayfield Lavender Farm near London. Lavender fields seem to have taken over Instagram recently, with all visitors hoping to get the chance of that perfect selfie!

Mayfield Lavender Farm, near London! an amazing place to visit during summer months with friends and family.

Going to a lavender farm immerses all of the senses of all things Lavender. The aroma hangs in the air and the beautiful purple hue stretches out all around you!

Now, you can't go all the way to a Lavender farm without sampling the delicacies on offer at the cafe. In the steady sunshine, the Lavender frappuccino stood out.

Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

Even as a uni student, I've managed to avoid needing the caffeine kick before lectures and exams - yet! Coffee for me is synonymous with catching up with friends. A quick text to see who is free to spend the next few hours chatting away. We love to find quirky coffee shops, trying different places each time.

Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

However, when these coffees are so easy to recreate at home, you don't always need to go out. And a good old gossip can be done anywhere! 

My mum bought lavender syrup to take home. I asked her if she had made any plans to use it yet, and when she hadn't, I set about making the frappuccino.

Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

The end result was splendid - smooth, silky ice cold coffee fragrant with lavender. (Can anyone give me any tips on how to steal the lavender syrup from the fridge without my mum seeing?)

Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

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Mayfield Copycat Lavender Lavender Frappuccino
A floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. Instant Coffee
  • 500ml Full fat milk
  • 100ml Double Cream
  • 100ml Lavender syrup
  • As needed Squirty Cream
  • 1 Tsp. Lavender stalks or dried lavender
  • As needed Ice cubes
Instructions
Dissolve the instant coffee in a little warm water and let it cool.Blend all of the above ingredients apart from the squirty cream and dried lavender.(adjust the lavender syrup to desired taste and sweetness)Pour coffee mixture into desired glass and top with squirty cream and garnish with dry lavender.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings



Thursday, 3 August 2017

Vanilla, Caramel and Chocolate Barfi / Fudge

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

Imagine a perfect slice of Millionaire's shortbread. Now imagine a perfect square of Barfi. Now stretching the imagination a little, picture a fusion of the two: Vanilla, Caramel and Chocolate Barfi.

Well, you don't actually have to! I've done all of the hard work and made these mouthwatering Millionaire's Barfi. These sumptuous treats are made of three layers of differently flavoured barfi - chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Together, these layers form a perfect symphony of western flavours woven with a traditional Indian recipe.

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

These sweets are perfect for the upcoming Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan. The festival celebrates the special bond between a brother and sister (when they aren't fighting for the remote).

Rakhi Special- raksha bandhan - The thread of love Jagrutis cooking Odyssey

It's Hayley here, and I thought that I would write a post today and give my mum a break! The last time I posted was quite a while back, but now I'm home from uni I've found myself with a little spare time on my hands!

More Barfi Recipes-> Barfi | Kesar, Badam, Pista Barfi | Malai Dodha Barfi | Rose Coconut Barfi | Chocolate layered Barfi | Nutella Barfi 


Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

I've watched my mum making Indian sweets for years, mainly because it meant that I could sneakily eat some of the mixtures, but I did begin to pick up the process over time. It was my turn to treat my brother and family by trying to make an Indian dessert. For the past few years now, I have been cooking the main meals whenever I'm home but never really tackled too many sweet things, only dabbling in baking here and there. My mum suggested that an easy one to try was Barfi, all I had to do was not get distracted and stir constantly! Doesn't seem too bad!

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

Now, I love authentic Indian sweets. Actually, some of the least flashy, and basic sweets are the ones that I hold dearest to my heart. The ones that my mum and dad have grown up eating, such as Sukhdi-Jaggery Fudge. Sometimes though, it is nice to change things up and change the recipe around a little. We all like millionaire's shortbread in the family (only allowed as a treat!) so I thought of adding these flavours to the Barfi.

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

And it turned out fab! The caramel, chocolatey flavours complimented the milky barfi impeccably. Each layer stands out distinctly as you bite into the barfi but then melts together. Sumptuous!

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

Notes:-
This Barfi can be made with Mawa or Khoya.

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Vanilla, Caramel and Chocolate Barfi
Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.
Ingredients
  • Vanilla layer
  • 375g Full fat milk powder
  • 1 tbsp. Desi ghee or unsalted butter
  • 125ml Full fat milk+Double Cream
  • 150g Sugar
  • few drops Vanilla extract
  • Caramel layer
  • 1 tin 397g caramel
  • 350g Full fat milk powder
  • Chocolate layer
  • 350g Full fat milk powder
  • 3-4 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 150g Sugar
  • 125 ml Full fat milk+Double Cream
  • Other Ingredients
  • Optional Silver leaf -Varq
  • 3-4 tbsp. Optional Almond Slivers
Instructions
Grease one plate with ghee or unsalted butter and leave it aside.First, make the vanilla layer.Heat milk+cream and sugar in a pan and let the sugar dissolve.Let the milk simmer gently for 5-6 minutes or looks like condensed milk turn the heat off.In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee and add milk powder.Quickly start stirring so milk powder doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.Keep stirring continuously for 4-5 minutes.Then add milk and sugar mixture to it and mix well.Keep stirring until mixture gets thicker.Turn off the heat and add vanilla extract and mix well.Mix well and spread evenly one layer over the greased plate.Leave the plate aside and start making the caramel layer.In the same pan heat ghee and lightly roast the milk powder on a very low heat.After 5-6 minutes add caramel and quickly give it a good stir. Mix well and spread evenly on the vanilla layer and leave it aside.Now make final layer which is the chocolate layer.Heat milk+Cream and sugar in a pan and simmer till you get the mixture like condensed milk.Turn off the heat.Now heat ghee in a pan add milk powder and lightly roast for 5-6 minutes on a very low heat.Add condensed milk and mix well, and add cocoa powder.Cook the mixture till a little thicker.Turn off the heat and spread the chocolate mixture evenly on the caramel layer. Apply silver leaf and press gently with a clear spatula and leave it to cool completely.Cut into the desired shape and garnished with the slivered almonds.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 20-22 pieces

Monday, 31 July 2017

Badam Besan Ka Halwa - Almond and Chickpea flour Pudding


Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!

Let me warn you this Badam Besan Ka Halwa is sinful, but you don't want to commit a sin by not eating it too! My Badam Besan Ka Halwa is rich and divine but is surprisingly easy to make.  It is enriched with nutty ground almonds, Mawa, aromatic spices and a generous amount of desi ghee. In result, this halwa turned out so delicious, fluffy, velvety and melt in your mouth. This is a real treat for any festivals, celebrations or get together.  


Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!

Besan Ka halwa is a classic north Indian sweet which is prepared with only Chickpea or Gram flour (a.k.a. Besan) milk and sugar, but my mum always prepared this halwa with Mawa or Khoya as she was very much fond of using khoya in her cooking and also I learnt something else from her that if you want your besan halwa to not stick in your mouth, roast chick pea flour properly and don't rush. Maybe this recipe is easy to prepare but will take time and patience.

Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!


More Chick Pea Flour Recipes-> MohanThaal ( chickpea flour fudge) | Lachko MohanThaal ( Chickpea flour pudding) | Besan para (Spicy Chickpea flour crackers) | Ghotma Ladoo | Nimbu-Mari Sev (Chickpea flour noodles) | Palak, Beet, Masala Boondi (Spicy Spinach, Beetroot Gram flour Pearls) |Fulwadi Ni Kadhi ( Spicy Yogurt and Chickpea flour soup)

Last week daughter had an exam, so I wanted her to have fresh food during her exam. She just wanted to eat Badam(Almond) Ka halwa with Chickpea curry and Paratha. Once I put the phone down, I thought about making Badam Besan Ka Halwa as I thought that alongside feeding my daughter, my blog needed some feeding too with new recipes! So I prepared few dishes which are favourite of hers and took with us. She immensely enjoyed it and so did my whole family too.

Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!

My daughter's other favourite dishes-> Kala Jamun | Ras Malai | Paneer and Vegetable Makhni Dum Biryani | Herby Tofu Kebab and Orange Salad | Dakor Na Gota

Now that are so many Indian festivals are lined up for us in next couple of months, I am sure many of you are searching traditional and innovative recipes, how about trying this one? It's a real soul satisfying treat!

Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!


Notes:-
For vegan option omit khoya, milk and ghee, use dairy free products such as coconut oil and dairy free milk.

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Badam Besan Ka Halwa
Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!
Ingredients
  • 250g Chick pea flour
  • 150g Ground almond
  • 150g Grated Khoya or mawa -Recipe here
  • 150 ml milk
  • 250g Sugar
  • 200g Desi Ghee - Recipe here 
  • 1/2 tsp. Cardamom and Nutmeg powder
  • Big pinch Saffron threads
  • 2-3 tbsp. Pistachio and Almond slivers
  • Edible gold leaf ( optional)
  • Edible flowers ( optional)
Instructions
In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee and add chick pea flour.Keep the heat very low and roast the flour, make sure flour doesn't burn.Keep stirring the flour, until you get the beautiful aroma of roasting flour and flour changes its colour to light brown.Now add almond flour and roast the mix for another couple of minutes.Then add grated khoya and keep stirring the mixture for few minutes.Add milk and keep stirring the mixture continuously to make sure that mixture stays smooth. Once the mixture gets slightly thicker, add sugar.Mix well and keep stirring the mixture until halwa reaches the right consistency. Add cardamom and nutmeg powder.Serve hot in a serving bowl, garnish it with saffron threads, slivers , flowers and gold leaf.Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings

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