Badam Halwa is a classic rich and luscious Indian dessert made with just 4 main ingredients of almonds, milk, sugar, ghee, and laced with cardamom and saffron. This Badam Halwa is put together quickly in less than 25 minutes using almond flour. It's the ideal dessert for any celebration or festival!
Many Indians prefer halwa as a dessert, especially on cold or rainy days. There are numerous varieties made all over the country. We use semolina, wheat flour, lentils, vegetables, fruit, and even nuts to make halwa. You can try a few of my halwa recipes - Carrot Halwa, Besan Halwa, Sooji halwa.
Badam is the Hindi word for almond and halwa is a type of pudding. Almonds are traditionally used to make badam halwa, which is made by soaking them in water, blanching them, making a paste, and then making the halwa.
This recipe I'm sharing today is an easy peasy version made with blanched almond flour. I call this a shortcut recipe 🙂 as it is fuss-free and so quick, similar to my Badam Katli with almond flour!
Why You'll Love This Badam Halwa
- It's the ideal dessert for festivals like Diwali and Holi, get-togethers and parties
- Is simple to prepare and requires minimal ingredients.
- It has a rich and luscious texture, and delectable flavor.
- This recipe requires very little effort.
- It is a gluten-free dessert and can easily be tweaked to made vegan and keto
- It is excellent for making ahead
- Most importantly, it is kids approved!
Ingredients to Make Badam Halwa
- Milk: I like to use full-fat cow's milk for this recipe. You can also make it with plant-based milk like almond or coconut, if you are vegan.
- Saffron: Saffron boosts the color and flavor of the halwa. I love to use good quality Spanish or Persian saffron. Add crushed saffron strands to warm milk. Set it aside for 5 minutes for the flavor and color to develop.
- Ghee: A generous amount of ghee improves the taste and mouthfeel of the halwa. I strongly advise against reducing the amount of ghee in this recipe.
- Almond flour: You must use fresh, good quality almond flour. I usually buy mine from Costco. You can also find it online on Amazon.
- Sugar: This recipe calls for granulated white sugar. If you prefer less sweet, you can adjust the quantity accordingly.
- Cardamom powder: I grind cardamom to make my own powder. It just takes a few minutes to crush the cardamom in mortar and pestle.
- Nuts: I love to add slivered almonds and pistachios for garnish but you could add raisins if you like.
How To Make Almond Flour Halwa
Just follow these step-by-step instructions to make the most amazing melt-in-mouth halwa.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of milk in a small pan on medium heat. Once it's hot (no need to boil it), add a pinch of crushed saffron strands to it. Remove pan from heat and set it aside for 5 minutes for the flavor and color to develop.
- In a heavy bottom pot, heat ghee. Heat it on medium flame.
- Then reduce to low heat. Next add almond flour and saute till the raw smell of the almond flour disappears and the almond flour starts to turn golden in color. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Total it will take about 10 minutes.
- Now add milk and mix continuously so that there are no lumps. Cook for 5-6 minutes till the almond flour soaks all the milk.
- Add sugar, saffron milk, cardamom powder and stir. Halwa loosens and then sauté to thicken it again.
- Cook till the halwa thickens and it easily leaves sides of the pan. Stir continuously till you get a pudding-like consistency.
- Almond Halwa thickens as it cools. Once you have the right consistency take it out in a serving bowl.
- Serve the badam ka halwa warm garnished with slivered pistachios or almonds.
- Use almond flour that is extremely fine and blanched, not almond meal.
- Use generous amounts of home made ghee or store-bought ghee.
- Use a low-medium heat setting to prevent the halwa from burning.
- To ensure that the halwa is cooked through, cook it until it begins to leave away from the pan's sides.
- For best aroma, use freshly ground cardamom powder. Store- bought cardamom powders do not have the same aroma as freshly ground.
- No saffron in the kitchen - no problem! Simply use a pinch of turmeric powder or you can even skip it completely.
How To Serve?
When serving badam halwa, it is best when it is at warm. You can also serve it at room temperature. This halwa is usually served in a dessert bowl.
You can serve the halwa on a dessert plate in the shape of a bowl. Fill up the halwa in a bowl, press it to set, and then flip it over onto a serving plate to serve it in the shape of a bowl.
Sprinkle some slivered almonds, pistachios and rose petals for garnish. You can also drizzle some ghee on top for the aroma.
How to store?
When stored in an airtight box, it keeps good for up to a week in the refrigerator. Just before serving, heat for about 30 seconds in the microwave.
This halwa freezes well. For up to 1 month, badam halwa remains fresh in a freezer-safe container. When ready to eat, defrost and reheat until hot.
It is not ideal, but you can use almond meal. The almond meal is produced from raw, unpeeled almonds, and is coarser as compared to almond flour. The main difference you will find is that your halwa will have a dark brownish color.
Yes, you can! You must soak the almonds in hot water for about 30-45 minutes. Peel the almonds and pulverize the almonds to make a fine paste. The only disadvantage with using whole almonds is that you have to plan ahead to allow sufficient time for the almonds to soak. It will also take longer to sauté the almond paste in the initial recipe steps.
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Badam Halwa with Almond Flour
- Heat 1 tablespoon milk in a small pan on medium heat. You can also microwave the milk for 30 seconds. Once milk is hot (no need to boil it), add crushed saffron strands to it. Remove pan from heat and set it aside for 10 minutes until the flavor and color develops.
- In a heavy bottom pot, heat ghee on medium flame.
- Reduce to low heat. Add almond flour and sauté till the raw smell of the almond flour disappears and the almond flour starts to turn golden in color. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Total it will take about 10 minutes.
- Now add milk and mix continuously so that there are no lumps. Cook for another 5-6 minutes till the almond flour soaks all the milk.
- Add sugar, saffron milk, cardamom powder and stir well. Halwa loosens and then saute to thicken it again.
- Cook till the halwa thickens and ghee leaves sides of the pan in about 6-7 minutes.
- Almond Flour Halwa thickens as it cools. Once you have the right consistency take it out in a serving bowl. Do not leave in the pan as it can overcook and get chewy.
- Serve badam halwa warm, garnished with slivered pistachios or almonds.
- Use almond flour for this recipe. Almond meal is not as fine, and won't make a smooth halwa.
- For melt in the mouth halwa, the right amount of ghee is important. Hence I suggest to use the amounts mentioned in the recipe.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.