Badam halwa step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
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.
To make badam halwa, I blend together blanched almonds and milk. I then slow cook it with ghee, sugar, cardamom, and saffron. The process is simple, all it needs is some patience and some muscle power to stir the halwa. But trust me, every spoonful of the halwa you relish will be absolutely worth it.
This gluten-free dessert is to die for. Traditionally, this almond halwa is made with full-fat milk and ghee. However, for a vegan option, replace milk with coconut/almond milk and ghee with coconut oil.
Treat your family and friends to this delicious royal dessert during your next celebration and I am sure everyone will love it.
Click here for more halwa recipes.
Click here for more almond recipes.
Step by step instructions
1. Soak almonds in water
2. Peel the skin of the almonds and rinse thoroughly
3. Grind almond and milk into a smooth paste
4. Heat ghee and add the almond and milk paste
5. Add sugar, saffron, and cardamom and mix well
6. Add the remaining ghee and keep stirring. The ghee will be soaked as the halwa comes together
7. Cook halwa until it reaches desired consistency
- 2 cups almonds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1½ cup milk
- ½ cup ghee
- A small pinch cardamom powder
- A few strands saffron
- 2-3 pistachio for garnish, optional
- Soak almonds in sufficient water for 3-4 hours. Peel the skin and rinse thoroughly
- Blend the almonds and milk together into a smooth paste
- Heat a non-stick pan and add ¼ cup ghee
- Add the ground paste and mix well. Cook on low-medium flame stirring continuously
- When the halwa starts to thicken, add sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron
- Keep stirring and add the remaining ghee at regular intervals
- When the halwa reaches the desired consistency, turn off the flame
- Garnish with chopped pistachio and serve
- For a vegan option, replace milk with coconut/almond milk and ghee with coconut oil
- We prefer this halwa mildly sweet. You may adjust the sugar according to your preference
- The halwa needs to be stirred constantly, else it may burn