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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Badami Haalu (Badam Milk) & Awards

Almonds are valued for their healthy properties besides their unique, delicate flavor and crunch. Nutritionally, almond is the most dense nut which is rich in vitamin E and mono unsaturated fats. High in protein and low in carbohydrates, these nuts are best even for a low calorie diet. There are several ways to include almonds in one's diet. Of course eating a handful of raw nuts, is the simplest.
Among my personal favorites, here is one nourishing, wholesome drink prepared using almonds and milk called badami haalu (badam milk). This is a popular one in Karnataka.
Nutritious, delicious and refreshing - that's what badam milk is to sum up. A hot drink on a cold winter day or a chilled one on a sultry day - it fits the bill either way.

Almonds (badami, badam pappu) - 1/4 cup
Milk - 2 & 1/2 cups
Sugar 3 Tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron strands - 10

There are no hard and fast rules about the quantity of almonds you use to prepare this drink. You can reduce or increase them according to your preference. I have used whole milk. You can add 2% milk or replace half the quantity of milk with evaporated milk for the extra richness.
  • Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 - 30 minutes. Then peel the skins of the almonds. (I usually bring water to a rolling boil, add almonds and then turn off the stove. This way, almonds need about 1o minutes of soaking to remove the skins. Also, removing the skins is optional. If you don't want to remove the skins, skip this step).
  • While the almonds are soaking, heat the milk, powder the cardamom and soak the saffron in a little hot milk for about 1o minutes.
  • Grind the almonds and saffron smooth, adding milk as needed.
  • Add this ground paste, sugar and cardamom powder to the milk and stir well, till the sugar is dissolved.
  • This can be served hot or chilled.

This one goes to RCI - Karnataka hosted by Asha of Foodie's hope. the original creator of RCI event is LakshmiK of Veggie Cuisine.

Now on a special note, Many many thanks to dear friends TBC , Roopa, Bharathy & Kribha who have been generous enough to think I deserve these. Bharathi honored me with both. Ladies, thank you for this wonderful gesture.

"The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.”

These awards go to every blogger I have met in the virtual world, who are unique and special in their own ways.

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Bharathy said...

Cograts on your awards, girl.You undoubtedly deserve them..:)
...Badam milk looks so divine and fresh!..Love the touch of saffron on top!

Those seedais down there look sooo perfect!!Wah.. you are such an awesome cook!

Vazhaikkai is arattikaya..ahich turns to arattipandu.
Banana is popular in Kerala and I am not sure about the Telugu name...this is more elongated and dark yellow..the fruits are golden yellow and sweeter...pls view my pic of raw bananas..(nenthran kaya)..u will get some Idea!!:)

SMN said...

Hi Suma..

Congrats on ur awards... keep blogging..get all the awards..

very nice drink.. i love it when its chillied..very nice recipe..thnx for sharing

Roopa said...

badami hallu looks perfect suma! i remember those childhood days where whenever we visited blore we would love to taste the aryabhavans badami haalu...now no more i here Arya bhavan though

Latha Narasimhan said...

Congrats suma! you definitely deserve both awards!!
Nice entry for the event! looking very tempting!
I welcome you to participate in the event for janmashtami! thanks!:))

Raaga said...

Congrats :-)Lovely recipe... I love badam milk cold and whenever I walk down Sampige Road in Malleswaram in Bangalore, I always stop for a glass :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Suma,
Loved your badami haalu. The drink looks so wonderfull, reminded me of Bangalore instantly. A very apt entry to RCI-K.

Sia said...

every night after dinner amma would give us badami milk. acc to ayurveda almonds gives good memory and nutrions to growing children. wonderful entry girl and i too have same one for RCI :)
congrats on well deserved awards.

Anonymous said...

Lovely entry - this is indeed the queen of all kannadiga drinks - i love badam haalu

Finla said...

congrats on your awards
Badam milk looks good,
one of these days i am going to make for my duaghter when she is back from school

Tee said...

Lovely entry ! Badami Haalu looks like a royal drink! :)
Congrats on the awards!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi suma!
Badam haalu is very simple to make! good entry! and Congratulations for your awards!!!!!!

Asha said...

Wonderful entry Suma.Quickly saying thanks to all the RCI entries,can't focus on too long,still heeling!:)

Vcuisine said...

Congrats on the awards Suma. Badam milk is tempting. Viji

TBC said...

I have never tasted badam milk before. I've never seen a glass of milk look so good that I would be tempted enough to taste it!(I hate milk and anything made of it)
The strands of saffron make it look extra special.
Congrats on the awards, Suma! You really deserve 'em :-)

Rajitha said...

that badam milk looks delicious and refreshing!

Kribha said...

Congrats again Suma. Oh...I'm drooling over her looking at your badam milk. How did you get that mild pista color in badam milk? Mine is always light yellow. Seedai's look perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi suma,
Badam milk looks so yummy delicious very nice entry for RCI.

archana said...

Even i had thought of making this for the event :D))Badam milk looks YuMM :)Congrats on your awards :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Actually, The badam milk was yellow. Though not neccessary, try adding food color or a pinch of turmeric powder to get the color.

Sharmi said...

congrats on the well deserved awards. your badam milk looks divine!!