Sweet Memories of Badam Ka HalwaPosted: October 28, 2010
My dad has always been fond of sweets and they have to be made with lots and lots of ghee…..
When I was a kid, he would always buy badam halwa from MTR, Bangalore (MTR is famous for it’s spices and ready to make packets).The halwa used to be very heavy and literally ghee used to drip from the packets. My mother would get atleast a tablespoon of ghee, each time she warmed the halwa. You could only taste ghee…and I didn’t like it too much. MTR still makes the halwa and it’s been ages since I’ve had it.
I remember the halwa, not for it’s ghee or sweetness; I remember it because my dad used to buy it for us with lots of love and enthusiasm.
I came across DK’s blog – Chefinyou and her post on Badam Ka Halwa. It got me back to my memories of badam halwa and I thought of trying it out myself. It gets a bit tedious with the constant stirring; nevertheless I enjoyed it…I felt like a Halwai (Indian sweet maker) and I made myself comfortable by sitting on the kitchen platform 😉
I followed every step of DK and the halwa just turned out perfect. I also sent some to my dad and he liked it too and requested me to use more ghee the next time I make badam halwa.
A quick tip on how to remove the skin of almonds: Boil some water in a pot. Once the water is hot and bubbly, turn off the stove and add the almonds. Cover the top and let the almonds sit in the pot for about 15mins. After 15mins, wash the badam in cold running water and just slide the skin with your fingers.See how easy that was!!!