Almond Saffron Halwa – Gluten Free Sweet

A dessert that will enchant you…

Feeling so happy today, it’s Friday, it’s long weekend and it’s Thanksgiving. Besides these, after a few weeks of rain and gloomy weather Mother nature has decided to put a smile on our face by giving some warmth and sunshine. Weather has been really great since yesterday, it feels like Summer is back. For the long weekend, we are a planning to do some travel and to spend some time with our good friends.

I have one good news to share with you all that I have been chosen as the top 50 best food bloggers of 2011 and I am ranked 17. Here is the official announcement .

To start with this recipe, it’s a halwa or halva which means ‘sweet’. Halwa is a very famous sweet in India, Middle East, Eastern Europe etc. There are a myriad ways of making halwa, and there are an endless selection of ingredients to play with. Each type of halwa has its own characteristics and taste, it’s in deed worth exploring the yummy world of halwa. I’ve tried making halwa with ingredients like semolina, squash, coconut etc and have tasted quite a few too. I love each and every halwa that I’ve tasted, it just melts into your mouth.

A good thing about halwa is that you could make it without adding any flour, so even gluten intolerant people can enjoy it. A few weeks ago, I had bought ground almonds hoping to make something out of it. When I bought it, I didn’t think that I would end up making halwa with it. The thought of making halwa with it hit me all of a sudden on a Sunday evening, when I had nothing to subside my sweet craving.

When I make halwa I usually add condensed milk to it, but this time I ignored that and just added milk. It tasted no different from the ones made with condensed milk. So, here you have the recipe for making halwa without adding condensed milk and in the quickest way possible.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Almond Saffron Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Ground almond, unroasted- 1 cup
  • Cardamom, smashed whole- 3
  • Milk, whole or skim- 3/4 cup
  • Sugar- 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp
  • Saffron- 2 pinches
  • Raisin- 3 tbsp
  • Ghee- 3 tbsp

Instruction

  1. I used ground almonds. If you cannot find ground almonds, blanch whole almonds, remove the skin, dry it really well and then grind it in a blender to a coarse powder.
  2. Fry the raisins in 2 tsp ghee and keep aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine milk, sugar and add saffron to it, keep aside.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp ghee.
  5. Add ground almonds and smashed whole cardamoms to it.
  6. Roast the almonds till it starts to turn light golden in color, make sure not to brown it.
  7. First add half of the milk/sugar/saffron mix to the roasted almonds, stir it constantly till all the milk dries off.
  8. Add 1 tbsp ghee to it and combine well.
  9. Now, add the rest fo the milk stirring constantly, let it come to a boil and cook till all the milk dries off.
  10. Add fried raisins to the mixture, fold into the halwa.
  11. Make sure the halwa is not watery, it should be a moist dry mixture.
  12. Grease a ramekin or a bowl evenly with 1 tsp ghee.
  13. Pour the halwa into it and evenly spread the top using a spatula.
  14. Let the halwa cool down and let set for 15-20 minutes.
  15. After it has cooled down, run a sharp knife through the sides of the bowl.
  16. Cover the bowl with a plate and turn upside down and tap on the bottom of the bowl.
  17. The  halwa will fall onto the plate (don’t forget to grease the bowl).
  18. If you want you could garnish with a couple of strands of saffron.
  19. To make the halwa look lil more appealing, I pressed the sides of the halwa with a fork. (Optional)

Tips:

  • You could even add roasted cashew nuts or your favorite nuts to this halwa.
  • If you prefer you can even chill this halwa for sometime.

 

Almond Saffron Halwa - Gluten Free Sweet
 
Ingredients
  • Ground almond, unroasted- 1 cup
  • Cardamom, smashed whole- 3
  • Milk, whole or skim- ¾ cup
  • Sugar- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp
  • Saffron- 2 pinches
  • Raisin- 3 tbsp
  • Ghee- 3 tbsp
Instructions
  1. I used ground almonds. If you cannot find ground almonds, blanch whole almonds, remove the skin, dry it really well and then grind it in a blender to a coarse powder.
  2. Fry the raisins in 2 tsp ghee and keep aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine milk, sugar and add saffron to it, keep aside.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp ghee.
  5. Add ground almonds and smashed whole cardamoms to it.
  6. Roast the almonds till it starts to turn light golden in color, make sure not to brown it.
  7. First add half of the milk/sugar/saffron mix to the roasted almonds, stir it constantly till all the milk dries off.
  8. Add 1 tbsp ghee to it and combine well.
  9. Now, add the rest fo the milk stirring constantly, let it come to a boil and cook till all the milk dries off.
  10. Add fried raisins to the mixture, fold into the halwa.
  11. Make sure the halwa is not watery, it should be a moist dry mixture.
  12. Grease a ramekin or a bowl evenly with 1 tsp ghee.
  13. Pour the halwa into it and evenly spread the top using a spatula.
  14. Let the halwa cool down and let set for 15-20 minutes.
  15. After it has cooled down, run a sharp knife through the sides of the bowl.
  16. Cover the bowl with a plate and turn upside down and tap on the bottom of the bowl.
  17. The halwa will fall onto the plate (don't forget to grease the bowl).
  18. If you want you could garnish with a couple of strands of saffron.
  19. To make the halwa look lil more appealing, I pressed the sides of the halwa with a fork. (Optional)
Notes
You could even add roasted cashew nuts or your favorite nuts to this halwa.
If you prefer you can even chill this halwa for sometime.

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