Khaskhas – badam halwa (Almond-poppy seeds pudding)
In India, winters are filled with number of desserts, dishes full of dry fruits. One of the most popular desserts in this category is khaskhas-badam halwa. Khaskhas and badaam are considered to be warm in nature and provide strength to body. Hence, it is very beneficial to eat this dessert in winters.
As with all the other halwa, we are going to roast the grinded material. But the good thing about this dish is, that we can prepare the roasted mixture in bulk and store it for two to three weeks. Having a cup of this dessert with your favourite snack (I generally prefer roasted papad) is the perfect breakfast in winters.
- Khaskhas : 50 gm
- Badam/Almonds: 50 gm
- Sugar: 50 gm or according to taste
- Ghee: 50 gm
- Cardamom powder (optional)
- Chipped Dry fruits for garnishing (optional)
- Soak khaskhas and badam separately in water for 4 to 5 hours.
- Peel off badam. Take out extra water from khaskhas and badam.
- Grind peeled badam and khaskhas. If needed, add water/milk, to make fine paste.
- Heat ghee in kadhai. Add the grinded paste in it.
- Start roasting the paste on low flame. Stir continuously to avoid it getting burnt from bottom. Roast it well. Gradually, it will dry and turn into golden brown mixture. (You can roast the mixture in microwave also).For storing this mixture, do the next step or directly proceed with step 7 for making halwa.
- Turn off the flame. Remember, your kadhai is still hot and your mixture might get burnt from bottom. So, take out the roasted mixture in different container. You can store this mixture in air tight container for two to three weeks.
- For making one cup halwa, heat 2tb spoon ghee in kadhai. Add mixture prepared earlier (4-5 tb spoon mixture is sufficient for making one cup halwa). Roast the mixture a little more.
- Add 2 cups of water. Cook it well, till the halwa becomes thick.
- Add sugar and pinch of cardamom powder. Cook for few more minutes. Halwa should become thick enough as you like it.
- Take out halwa in a bowl and garnish with chopped dry fruits and some ghee. Serve it hot.
Tip: You can add one tb spoon wheat floor after step 7. Roast it for few minutes. This is optional. Adding wheat floor increases the quantity and binds the halwa well. Though I do not like it. But.. my mom does!
Try this delicious dessert at home and share your feedback…