Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Good Nut - Almond/Badam Halva

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Badam/Almond Halva

I don't have to extol the virtues of Almond. Everyone knows that almonds are a virtual powerhouse of nutrients. They are high in mono-unsaturated fats which are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. They are believed to lower LDL cholesterol levels and promote cardiovascular health. Almonds are loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They are also rich in antioxidants and high in Vitamin E, both of which may help slow down the harmful effects of aging.

In fact, when you eat a few almonds everyday, you are actually popping a couple of vitamin pills. Well, not quite, but you know what I mean!

Here is an old family favorite recipe for Badam Halva. Halva is a rich comforting dessert, popular in a lot of cultures around the globe. It can be made with a variety of ingredients: carrots, semolina/suji, nuts etc and sometimes contains milk or condensed milk and more often than not - Ghee.

Indian halvas are characteristically loaded with ghee, and when gently warmed before eating, simply glisten with the sheen of the ghee. That warm, caramel'ey, rich melt-in-the-mouth ,feeling makes halva a comfort food like no other, making this an appropriate, albeit somewhat late, entry to Cooking Medley's JFI : Ghee and also to VKN's VCC Q3 Festival Foods.

This recipe is from my grandmother. I have made it many many times with a lot of success. You simply cannot go wrong with this recipe. If you happen to undercook it and the mixture seems a bit runny and unwilling to "set", microwave or heat it up a bit more. That will do the job. If the mixture is overcooked and becomes crumbly, add a couple of drops of milk and mix together to get a lovely, grainy halwa. Like I said, you simply cannot mess this up. It is that easy!

So here it is, badam halwa - packed with the goodness of Almonds, milk, sugar and ghee. If you have to eat sugar, why not do it in a dessert that is actually not bad for you?

Note: Even though halvas as usually served in a bowl and have to be eaten with a spoon, I like to make little bite sized balls and mound them on a platter. Whenever I pass by this tray laden with deliciousness, I virtuously break a ball in half and pop it in my mouth. A few minutes later, I come by again and finish the other half. Some time later again, another half finds its way into my mouth! Somehow I feel less guilty about my indulgence if I eat half a sweet at a time!! Does anyone else do this?

badam halwa closeup

Badam/Almond Halva


1 cup whole almonds
1.5 cups of sugar (approx. See Method below)
2 tbsp of milk
3 tbsp of ghee (or more if you want a richer halva)
2 cups + 1/2 cup of water
a few drops of orange food coloring (optional)
cardamom powder (optional)


  1. Boil 2 cups of water and soak the almonds for 1 hour. Alternatively, you can heat the almonds and water till the water comes to a boil and then let it cool.
  2. Peel the skin off the almonds. They should just slip right out the skins when you press on them with your thumb and forefinger. This is a great job for the kids but can also lead to an impromptu game of "who can pop the almonds the farthest?", so be warned!.
  3. Finely grind the almonds added very little milk (about 2 tbsp). You can add a little bit more, if the blender blades absolutely refuse to move.
  4. Measure this almond paste. For 1 cup of paste, add 1.5 cups of sugar (you can reduce the amount of sugar if you'd like a less sweeter dish)
  5. Melt the sugar with the 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan.
  6. Let this sugar syrup come to a rolling boil.
  7. Add the ground almond paste and stir well to avoid any lumps.
  8. Keep stirring this mixture so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  9. Add a few tsps of the ghee at regular intervals. The ghee will immediately get incorporated in the mixture.
  10. Keep stirring and cooking till the mixture gets slightly thick.
  11. Add the food coloring (if using)
  12. The mixture will become slightly translucent and shiny. You are looking for a jam like consistency here. The consistency is somewhat like thick idli/pancake batter.
  13. Add the cardamom powder if you wish. My family prefers the taste of the halva without it, so I leave it out.
  14. Switch of the heat and let the halva cool. The halva will solidify a lot after cooling. If you live in a really warm place, the mixture may not solidify enough. In that case, simply pop it in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
  15. Roll into small balls (the heat from your hands as you roll it, will give a glossy look to the halva) or serve in a cup.

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At Thu Oct 05, 10:30:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Madhu said...

Hi Saffron,
First time here, absolutely loved this halwa. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

At Thu Oct 05, 10:40:00 AM 2006, Blogger Meena Kandlakuti said...

very rich recipe..thanks for sharing!!!..I will try for my special people :-))

At Thu Oct 05, 10:49:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They look super yummy!
I have tried almond burfi long time ago. I didn't get the right consistency, and I think it was the halwa consistency(kind of creamy). We ate it with spoon! Should have made balls like these.

At Thu Oct 05, 10:54:00 AM 2006, Anonymous veggiedelight said...

Yummy ones.. the halva sure deserves a treat - like me eating it. LOL

At Thu Oct 05, 11:03:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Manisha said...

They look so luscious and rich!!

My mother made this more like a diamond shaped flat barfi than a ladu (rounded shape). It was soft and the texture looked a lot like your halwa. I've never made it but you make it sound so easy and just 3 tbsp of ghee makes it even more attractive!

About how many balls does your recipe yield?

At Thu Oct 05, 11:38:00 AM 2006, Blogger Hanife said...

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At Thu Oct 05, 11:39:00 AM 2006, Blogger Hanife said...

They look wonderful. In my language we says 'helva'. The recipe is almost same whit our recipes.
Can i use butter or olive oil instead of the ghee??

At Thu Oct 05, 12:36:00 PM 2006, Blogger Spicelover said...

The halva looks absolutely delicious. This is the first time I'm seeing it in this form. Am more used to squares or eat-with-spoon consistency.
The pictures are wonderful too as always !!!

At Thu Oct 05, 01:09:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Seema said...

Your pics are soo good. I love the urli...

At Thu Oct 05, 01:49:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superb halva recipe Saffron...just like u have described the consistency...glossy and translucent...DIVINE ....they look soo delicious that I am having to control my hands from trying to pick half a ball of sweet [;-)] and ending up hitting the screen instead !! I dont think I have tasted almond halva before,have had badam burfi a millon times though. Will give this one a sure try this weekend. :-)

At Thu Oct 05, 02:57:00 PM 2006, Blogger shammi said...

You're WICKED, I tell you, Saffron :) That lovely write-up, that gorgeous photograph... those DESCRIPTIONS! I'm craving a badam halwa half right now like you cant even imagine1 :)

At Thu Oct 05, 07:45:00 PM 2006, Blogger Faffer said...

I didn't even read the post. I just had to comment on seeing the pictures. That looks absolutely delectable. You're teasing us with such gorgeous pictures. On to the post now.

At Thu Oct 05, 07:51:00 PM 2006, Blogger Faffer said...

Just read the post. You said 1/2 a sweet at a time? I am happy if I stick to 2 or less at a time - I have an incorrigible sweet -tooth!!! Love the way you style your dishes.

At Thu Oct 05, 08:23:00 PM 2006, Blogger Prema Sundar said...

Wonderful recipe.. and the picture is so wonderful that Iam tempted to touch the halwa balls. Thanks for the recipe.

At Fri Oct 06, 01:41:00 AM 2006, Anonymous James said...

I tried it and got hooked i am now going to make some when mates come around making small balls like you did. Thanks for the great recipe.

At Fri Oct 06, 06:02:00 AM 2006, Blogger Krithika said...

Delicious !! will surely try this. And that picture ...oooh ! love your uruli

At Fri Oct 06, 06:07:00 AM 2006, Blogger PizzaDude said...

Awesome pictures!! My mouth is already watering. And totally loved your way of eating half the sweet and then coming by sometime later to finish the other half. :D

At Fri Oct 06, 06:54:00 AM 2006, Anonymous KeralaGirl said...

oh my....its soooo very tempting...looks yummy...i will definitely try i have the excuse that almond is good for health though i am eating all that sugar and ghee and adding extra pounds to the otherwise fat me....:-) thanks for the wonderful recipe...

At Fri Oct 06, 07:39:00 AM 2006, Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

Beautiful looking dish! Mouthwatering,saffron!! I add almonds to all rich gravies,love them!!Thanks!

At Fri Oct 06, 07:40:00 AM 2006, Blogger Latha said...

Hi Saffron,

I have been trying to type up my comment since last night. So many interruptions :-)
Your pictures are amazing. Thanks to u I think I will become a good cook when ti coems to sweets. I am yet to try u're besan burfi. I bought everything I needed for it but was veyr short of time during Dassehra. Will try it out and this one for Diwali.
Hey u're Dassavataaram looks so cool. Do post more pictures of u're golu when u get a chance.

At Fri Oct 06, 10:37:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Julyvee said...

Just looking at your halwa makes me want to eat it. I am doing it for this weekend.

At Fri Oct 06, 11:07:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saffron

I am a long time admirer of your site and have gotten hooked.

I just wanted to let you know that I opened up '' today only to realise that they have used one of your pictures (the poori masal one). Maybe you have given them a right to reproduce images, but I just thought I would make you aware.


At Fri Oct 06, 11:16:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

atgc Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Another reader also sent me an email about this. I have certainly not given bawarchi/sify permission to use this picture and was not contacted by them asking for rights.

I am giving them the benefit of doubt and assuming that perhaps one of their contributors sent the picture in and they may not be aware that it is a copyrighted image. I have sent them an email asking that the picture be removed.

I am awaiting a response from them.

Thanks for letting me know. I don't surf much and would have never found out otherwise!!

At Fri Oct 06, 01:33:00 PM 2006, Blogger Latha said...

Hey Saffron,

Just saw the picture at Bawarchi. Thats outright violation of copyright laws! I cannot believe that a reputed site like Bawarchi would do it and think that thye could get away with it!

Hope they get the picture off ASAP.


At Fri Oct 06, 03:40:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya S&S said...

Looks DELICIOUS !! and love that urili and those Dasavathaaram golu picture.

I think I'am gonna try this out for Diwali

At Fri Oct 06, 04:51:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I have bought the exact same urili when I went to India this time.
BTW, love your presentation...

At Fri Oct 06, 11:45:00 PM 2006, Blogger Anthony said...

hey SF... You are BACK... Such a pleasure to see u back... Missed ur godawesome photographs.. Always BTW wanted to ask what camera you use?

At Fri Oct 06, 11:47:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...looks rich and delicious :) Must try:)

At Sat Oct 07, 08:13:00 PM 2006, Blogger Pavani said...

Delicious and nutritious almond halwa.. Looks divine.. Thanks for the recipe

At Sun Oct 08, 09:57:00 AM 2006, Blogger Nandita said...

I was nodding my head at the half and half story :) This recipe seems very simple...will make it for Diwali- Thanks! And you're right about licking the chutney from the jar too! :D

At Sun Oct 08, 08:18:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing pic....I wish I could reach out and grab half a halwa :-))

At Mon Oct 09, 03:47:00 AM 2006, Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Saffron,
I make badam Halwa for "Diwali".
Your method looks so easy. Thanks for sharing.

At Mon Oct 09, 05:18:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummm....... looks like I can just pop in one of those in my mouth now..... I think I am going to try hem out for diwali.......

At Tue Oct 10, 09:37:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey sf,

You are such an inspiration to me that i started to look cooking in a different perspective(in a good way) and i enjoy doing so. The halwa looks Yummy mmmm.

At Tue Oct 10, 11:12:00 AM 2006, Anonymous mandira said...

you ate only half each time... I would have popped the whole ladoo in my mouth :) They look delicious. I tried almond barfi for the first time a month ago... I love the flavor!

At Tue Oct 10, 12:07:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

Thanks everyone!

@Manisha, the number of balls ofcourse depends on the size! hehe. But jokes aside, for 1 cup of almonds, I get roughly 10-15 balls.

@hanife, you should be able to use butter without significant changes in flavor. The texture of the halva depends on the fats becoming solid at room temperature, so olive oil will not work.

@anthony, camera is a Sony Cybershot 3.2 megapixel - nothing very fancy.


At Tue Oct 10, 02:18:00 PM 2006, Blogger Nabeela said...

the almond halva/laddus look wonderful SH. I wish I had a few waiting on my table right now to pop a few....or maybe to pop a half to continue your tradition :P

At Tue Oct 10, 03:51:00 PM 2006, Blogger Cooking Memoir said...

Hi Saffron,

First time commenting. I went ohhhh when i saw the picture, it did fill my appetite for dessert. Lovely picture and a nice recipe.

Liked your Dassavataaram set, my Golu was missing that one this year, but my folks have it ready now in Chennai.

Nice blog!

At Tue Oct 10, 04:15:00 PM 2006, Blogger Chandrika said...

OHhh......I am literally drooling at your post...I have to have that halwa tonight and I am on my way to the kitchen to make it...Thank you so much for sharing.... :-)

At Tue Oct 10, 04:31:00 PM 2006, Blogger Ashwini said...

Saffron you have set the ball rolling on sinfully rich decadent awesome festive sweets.....Hoooray!!! :-)

At Wed Oct 11, 06:23:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Annu said...

hi saffron,

ur recipe was total success.. i made it sterday, doubled the recipe... found sugar was a bit high.. but nevertheless awesome.. Thanks for the recipe.

At Wed Oct 11, 08:55:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

nabeela I wish I could send over a few to you, but they are all gone :)

Cooking Memoir Thanks! I'm glad you liked the sweet and the DA set. My uncle got mine from Chennai too. I bet you can't wait till you get your set.

Chandrika I know, this halva does have that effect on people. You can't stop at just one.

Ashwini Yes, tis the season :)

Annu Nice to hear that you liked the recipe. Yes, we do have quite a sweet tooth in our family!!

At Wed Oct 11, 07:42:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a newbie here, but just stopped to drool at your perfect rounds of halwa.Beautiful recipe.thanks.

At Wed Oct 11, 08:03:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum yum yum! Love all the pics you post! I couldn't see pics of the dasavataram. Some access issue. Will try this - I want to make it a little gooey though...had it at someone's place and I liked it like that...

At Thu Oct 12, 02:52:00 PM 2006, Anonymous shankari said...

Saffron, have sent an email to your hotmail id

At Thu Oct 12, 10:12:00 PM 2006, Blogger gattina said...

the first thing making me wow is your gorgeous photos! Then second is your family recipe, thank you so much I've been looking for badam halva, definitely will try it out! Thank you!

At Fri Oct 13, 08:20:00 AM 2006, Blogger Maheswari said...

Tried your badam halwa yesterday..came out really good..thanks..

At Fri Oct 13, 09:41:00 AM 2006, Blogger DSR said...

Hi Saffron,
I just came across your blog and it has some wonderful recipes for a newbie like me...Thanks :)

At Mon Oct 16, 11:47:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Deepa said...

me too! me too! I trick no one but myself into believing that I've consumed very few sweets that way. Duh! But honest-to-goodness those are some miunds of goodness you have there.

At Tue Oct 17, 05:59:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

shaheen Welcome and Thanks!

noon ya, a little gooey version is yummy too - and you can always eat 1/2 tsp at a time!!

shankari I replied to you email! Happy Cooking :)

Gattina Blush :) thanks!

Maheshwari thanks! glad you liked it.

dsr Welcome!

deepa You too? I know, sweets are addictive that way, aren't they?

At Wed Oct 18, 06:55:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Kavitha said...

I made for our diwali treat and it came out wonderful, yet so simple..thanks for sharing this awesome recipe..

Happy Diwali!

At Wed Oct 25, 04:21:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Picture is GOOD and so as the recipe. I have made it as an Halwa similar way..but next time I will make it as a ladoo.


At Mon Oct 30, 11:52:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Lakshmi said...

Hello, I am Lakshmi. I tried almond halwa for this diwali for the first time and it came out very well. The ball idea was awesome. I did have some almond pieces in my first batch. But when I got super confident and had to make a second batch for distribution, I ground the past after adding it to the boling sugar one more time. Then cooked it again. That did it. Perfect. Just like Ramakrishna's(Its a store in Paris Corner, Madras)

Many of them have said it already. The pictures are very tasteful :-)

Thank you so much for sharing.

At Tue Oct 31, 07:17:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog from time to time - your pictures are impressive! I am sure the food tastes good too.
I tried the badam halwa a few days ago -didn't come out as well as it should but will give it a whirl again. A suggestion - it would help if you mentioned the duration that the mixture should be stirred. It would give newbies like me some guidance in trying out these recipes.
Thanks and keep posting!

At Mon Dec 11, 08:51:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ur recipes r rich..and tastes sooo good..plz do add some more recipes..

At Wed Dec 27, 08:58:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi There,

I tried this recipe it's awesome.


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At Thu Feb 15, 01:07:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tried badam halwa yesterday's really too good!! I added a little more than 1 cup of sugar and both me and my hubby found it very sweeet..your recipe says 1.5 cups so i can just imagine how much of sweet lovers your family is:)But one thing,the texture of the halwa turned out to be little sticky.I continued cooking for few mins after it turned to idli batter consistency ..could that be the mistake?Got to try your kaju katli n besan burfi.Will let you know how it turns out ..thanks for all the wonderful recipes:)

At Sat Feb 17, 09:39:00 AM 2007, Blogger Sanjana said...

Hi Saffron,

I regularly visit your blog site. Amazing thing about your blog site is the step by step instructive recipes. Very confident to try your recipes as the output is guaranteed. I have tried a similar badam halwa recipe which turned out to be perfect.

At Wed Mar 14, 11:02:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Madhu said...

can also lead to an impromptu game of "who can pop the almonds the farthest?", so be warned!.

now I taught that was very well written. Last evening when I tried it I can not believe it is true. We had a race as to who is going to pop most almonds. I did not make the balls, but eating out of a bowl with a spoon, still tasted great. Thanks for the recipie.

At Sun Apr 01, 02:29:00 PM 2007, Blogger Shri said...

Hi Saffron,

I made this halwa and it was delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.

At Tue Apr 10, 12:54:00 PM 2007, Blogger shruthi said...

Hey just tried ur recipe just now.. cant wait for it to cool... great recipe... thank you

At Thu Apr 19, 10:03:00 AM 2007, Blogger Priya Dilip said...

Hi Saffron,
i came across your sites just in the recent few weeks.. u have amazing recipes here and i love the fact that u site is very vegetarian.. got a lot to try out like vegetarian muttton kurma almond halwa ,etc
thanks n happy cooking.

At Wed Jun 06, 01:55:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is my bday and so yesterday I tried your badam halwa. Guess what? my hubby said it came really really well and all my office friends finished it within minutes. Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...cant stop with 1 spoon.
Thanks for your bday gift.
- Smitha

At Tue Oct 02, 12:57:00 PM 2007, Blogger Mansi Desai said...

wow, this is sooooooo goood!!!!!aah, i can't wait to have one!!!

At Wed Nov 07, 11:03:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this looks really simple and going to try this today.....thanks

At Wed Nov 07, 12:11:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried the badam halwa.....but the color of my halwa is not ivory like that in the pic posted by u...its is slightly greenish in color...can it be because of the sugar? my gandmother always used to boil sugar for sometime and stow off the foam formed saying it is the dirt in sugar...can this be true??

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At Thu Nov 22, 09:42:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Leila said...

Hi Saffron ,Absolutely love your website . Your recipe for almond halwa is on yahoo in Shefali's name. Is that you?
Made your minestrone soup it was good. Nupur had mentioned your website for kajukatli and there has been no looking back!

At Wed Dec 26, 10:54:00 AM 2007, Anonymous pooja said...

dear SH. believe me you are God sent..almost a year back i tried your halva, and it turned out pathetic..i thought that may be your website was a fake, and i forgot about it. but the picture of badam halva stayed with me. now, after almost a year, i wanted to give it another stint, so i tried it again, and it turned out EXACTLY like u have must have been some ignorance on my part that such heavenly delight didnt turn out last time..then as i was browsing through your other posts, i read about melting pot, and its such a heartwarming story! i will be getting married to my beau who is a malyali, and i know where i have to try learning all soth indian dishes! thank you so much safforn! YOU ARE TRULY GOD SENT!

At Mon Feb 11, 10:19:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I tried ur Badam halwa yesterday it came out just puurrrrrrrrfect! Kudos to you!
My husband loved it......i made it for this birthday!!

At Mon Feb 11, 10:19:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I tried ur Badam halwa yesterday it came out just puurrrrrrrrfect! Kudos to you!
My husband loved it......i made it for this birthday!!

At Tue Apr 29, 11:00:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi saffron
ur blog is amazing and lovely.I remember i did visit ur blog earlier but now i am looking at the recipes after a long time.I have a packet of almonds in the freezer screaming for attention but unfortunately my grinder coupler got spoiled last month so cannot try this recipe.But i will definitely try soon and will post u the results.Great going.Good luck!!

At Thu May 29, 11:34:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Shanthi said...

Hi Saffron,
I just made your Badam halva and it turned out awesome. Even my 2-year old who refuses to eat anything liked this!
Just an observation, there's some froth while the sugar-badam mixture is boiling and when this froth goes away, it's an indication that the halva is almost ready. Maybe a good hint to someone who is totally new to making sweets and who is always anxious whether we've undercooked or overcooked(I am one of those :) people)!
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful, easy and very tasty dish! You're right, it's hard to go wrong here!
I love your website, I am trying out some other recipes as well.

At Thu Jul 31, 01:10:00 PM 2008, Blogger Jae said...

Nice!!! I've made this before (10 years ago) but didn't have internet access. So I winged it. This turned out better. I used Agave instead of suger to lesson the glycemic index and cut that down to 1 cup. Next time I might consider 3/4 cup. Very sweet! I added alkaline water to the paste instead of milk to lessen acidity however the milk fat gives it a richer taste. I will try some raw milk next time or maybe some raw cream or coconut cream for the paste. I also added saffron to the water. Wonderful recipe. Always makes me smile!

At Fri Nov 14, 02:26:00 AM 2008, Blogger Shylaja said...


I tried the halwa & it came out really yum! My husband loved it. Thank you!

- Shylaja

At Sat Dec 06, 02:51:00 PM 2008, Anonymous rashmi said...

Hi! Saffron,

It's a wonderful sweet. I have done 6 times now & my husband simply loves it. Thanks for sharing.
I have dressed it up with almond on top of it & it looks very authentic.

At Mon Mar 02, 07:56:00 AM 2009, Blogger Nithya said...

Hi Saffron,

Could you please tell me how long it usually takes for the almonds to cook? You said it turns kind of translucent? How long for your proportion of ingredients? Thanks a lot!

At Tue May 19, 10:05:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Rumela said...

My father is a huge fan of Badam Halva and I always try to make it for him whenever we see my parents. He has yet to be fully blown away by any of the recipes i've tried. Simplicity is key, and yours looks perfect! Can't wait to try it.thank you for shearing your post.

At Sun May 31, 01:50:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saffron. I stumbled across your blog a few days back and saw the badam halva balls. I knew I had to try those. I had the almonds but no ghee. I used sweet butter instead & it turned out perfect. I rolled it into balls and my guests just loved it. Ofcourse they wanted the recipe.
I wanted to say thank you for such a easy recipe & perfect description. I have to comment on the mouthwatering picture that had me salivating till I made them :)

At Sat Jun 06, 06:11:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saffron,

I had posted some comments around Dec 2008; suggesting that sugar levels could be reduced. Since it did say ooh and aah about your recipe you have very neatly deleted my post. I just tried it again and with paste from 1 cup almonds; even 1 cup sugar is too sweet; I think 1/2 might be perfect. Others can benefit from it atleast. I love ur photos and your recipes in general are pretty good; but be mature enough to accept suggestions too. If you want to hear only positive comments; why do you have a place for comments? Why not make it "applauses" or whatever.

Good luck!

At Tue Nov 10, 03:34:00 PM 2009, Blogger Harini said...

Hi Saffron,

Loved your halwa. Very yummy. Started blogging too :)

Check out when you find time.


At Thu Feb 03, 02:43:00 AM 2011, Blogger Sonali said...

Nice recipe and it is very useful. Hope you can write more recipes.

At Sun Feb 20, 07:47:00 AM 2011, Blogger Richa Priyanka said...

I made some almond halva some days back. I was tempted after I saw ur post. Next time I think i will add some rava to it too. I also dont like cardamom powder in my desserts, it takes away the subtle tastes..check me out on


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