Collection of almond recipes.
Almond and its benefits
Almonds are one of the best ways to add healthy fat to your diet. They contain high levels of vitamin E, which contains antioxidants. Almond is very beneficial for skin and hair health too. Just a handful of almonds contains around 10% of your daily protein intake. But if you think almonds are just for munching as-is, then this is the right place for you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack - I've got you covered! Use this versatile nut in your favourite meal, not just for a munchy snack.
Activation of nuts, grains, and seeds is the process of soaking them in water for a certain period of time, from a minimum of 6-7 hours and up to 24 hours. Soaking almonds in water increases its nutritional benefits. Almonds, like other nuts, contain phytates which are considered anti-nutrients. Phytates prevent the body from absorbing the nutrition from the food. Soaking them in water reduces the phytates thereby making the almonds more nutritious. Also, activated almonds are more easily digestible.
To activate the almonds, just soak them in water for 8 to 12 hours. Drain the water and rinse them thoroughly once soaked. Activated almonds can be eaten as-if or you may peel the skin off before eating. They can also be roasted in an oven to make them cruncy. To roast the activated almonds, peel the skin off and spread them on a baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven at 80℃ for one hour. Cool completely and store in an air-tight container.
My almond recipes collection
Here is my collection almond recipes where almonds are featured as the main ingredient.
Almond Milk and Almond Meal: Almond milk is a great substitute for regular milk. The creamy texture and nutty flavour make it very flavourful and delicious. Plus, the leftover pulp can be used to make almond meal which can be used for baking cookies, cake, crackers, and even bread.
Grain-free Almond Bread: If you are looking for gluten-free, grain-free bread and wanting to eat something that tastes like regular bread, then this is the recipe. I have been trying to make grain-free bread which is not only healthy but also super delicious.
Cheese Crackers: Grain-free crackers made with almond meal, yogurt, and cheese.
Almond Shortbread Cookies: Simple shortbread cookies made with almond meal, sugar, and yogurt. These cookies are grain-free and egg-free.
Almond Coconut Cookies: Cookies made with the goodness of almond, coconut, and chia seeds. Egg-free and grain-free cookies that are perfect with your cuppa!
Almond Cashew Cake: This simple cake is made with all things good – almond, cashew, ghee, milk, cardamom. This cake is loaded with flavours that we Indians love!
Almond Burfi: Burfi is similar to fudge. Typically this burfi is made by blanching almonds, making a paste out of it, and cooking it. I usually make an easier version with almond meal and it turns out excellent.
Badam Halwa: Badam halwa or almond fudge is a royal, rich, and delicious dessert that is perfect for festivals and celebrations. Halwa is dense, sweet confections that are popular across India. They are very easy to make and are prepared both at festivals and for day-to-day dessert cravings.
Dry Fruits Modak: Dry fruits modak that I am sharing here is not the traditional modak, but an easy take on it. This no-cook dish is made with cashew, almonds, and is sweetened with dates.
Navratan Korma: Navratan means nine gems - in this dish, it's nine vegetables and fruits. A combination of nuts, paneer (cottage cheese), and your favourite vegetables in a mild creamy gravy is a match made in heaven. This mildly spicy medley of vegetables and paneer is very flavourful and aromatic.
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