INGREDIENTS (250 ml cup used)
- Unsalted almonds – 1 cup, roasted and blanched
- Red or white rock sugar – ¾ cup (you can use normal sugar too)
- Cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
- Saffron – ½ to 1 gm
- Milk – 1 cup
- Blend all the ingredients to a fine powder, in a blender on a minimum speed. Blend until the powder is fine but do not run the blender for more than 30 seconds each time, else the almonds will release oil, making the powder lumpy.
- Store the almond powder in an air tight container. Now, stir in the almond powder to a cup of hot milk. Allow it to cool down and serve it.
- Soak the almond powder in ¼ cup of milk preferably warm or room temperature. Keep it aside for an hour. Bring ¾ cup of milk to boil and add the soaked almond paste and stir well and bring it to boil once again. Turn off the heat.
You can also –
- Sprinkle the almond powder on your toddler’s cereals. This is a good way of serving almonds to toddlers who cannot still chew nuts. The absorption level of the nutrients is higher when consumed in the powdered form.
- Use the almond powder in milkshakes and also other desserts.
- Whisk almond powder with regular butter before spreading on toast for added nutrition.
Almonds are a rich source of nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper and other beneficial compounds. Some of the health benefits of almonds are:
- Good for bones
- Improves skin complexion
- Boosts immunity
- Helps in development of cognitive functions
- Helps protect against diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
100 grams of almonds contain 576 kcal of energy.