Almond Halwa

Whatever happened, it happened for good.

Whatever is happening, is happening for good.

Whatever that will happen, it will be for good.

What have you lost for which you cry?

What did you bring with you, which you have lost?

What did you produce, which has destroyed?

You did not bring anything when you were born.

Whatever you have, you have received from Him.

Whatever you will give, you will give to Him.

You came empty handed and

you will go the same way.

Whatever is yours today was somebody else’s yesterday and  will be somebody else’s tomorrow.

Change is the law of the universe.

Foodies if you are wondering what makes us share these special lines then let us tell you that it’s the festive occasion of Janmashtami 🙂krishnaThe birth of Lord Krishna 🙂 Apart from all the celebrations to wish great almighty we also see Janmashtami as an occasion for contemplating on Krishna’s teachings.  It was on this day, Lord Krishna manifested on earth to give us a message, conveyed in the form of Bhagavad Gita . Bhagavad Gita is the most unusual and the one of the most important scriptures. Its is the divine voice of the God. We thought these were apt to be shared on the occasion of “KrishnaJayanti” or “Janmashtami” that marks the celebration of the birth of Shri Krishna.

Foodies since childhood we have been quite fascinated with this festival. May be because we could relate to Lord Krishna’s childhood images and treat ourselves like it was our friends birthday party 🙂 I remember my bedtime stories during childhood which would always revolve around Lord Krishna. I still remember my granny telling me about Janmashtami  as one of the most auspicious occasion in Hindu mythology. On this day the earth was vibrant, the rivers flowed in quiet stream, ponds bloomed with lotuses, the plants spread the fragrant smell of flowers, birds sang in their sweet sound voice and a cool effulgent breeze blew all over.  It was on this night, a baby as delightful as the sun was born to the couple Devaki and Vasudeva. This dazzlingly beautiful baby, the manifestation of Lord Maha Vishnu, had come to be known as Sri Krishna.  On this auspicious moment, sages and Gods showered flowers from heaven.  All of us have heard about this story and is still fresh in our minds. Haven’t we?

Also as a child I remember taking part in the janmashtami  celebrations in a nearby temple. I used wait every year for this great occasion and always participated in skits depicting Lord Krishna’s story. Each year I used to get some side role in the skits. This was disappointing at the first instance as I always wanted to become Radha (Krishna’s supreme beloved). How mean of me!! 🙂 Finally after years of rehearsal  and practice I got the role of Radha 🙂 With all the importance and compliments I got on getting all decked up was quite overwhelming 🙂

Parul had her own creative way of celebrating this festival. I still remember she always used to make beautiful swing decorated with flowers and ornaments every year on this great occasion and place Lord Krishna’s idol on it. As the clock ticked 12 she used to give Lord Krishna a good ride on her swing 🙂 So cute 🙂 That reminds me that I should push her to do the same this time as well 🙂

As mentioned before Janmashtami festival is dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna to commemorate his birth ceremony. This day corresponds to the August and September months on the Gregorian calendar. Many people fast till midnight and then offer the newborn an offering of milk, curd, butter and sweets. A small cradle is setup to worship the coming of the lord to the earth to fight evil forces. The celebration goes on for two days. The first day is Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami. The second day is called Kalashtami or more popularly Janmashtami. At midnight between the first and second day the birth of Lord Krishna is replicated with pomp and ceremony. The most popular ceremony of Dahi-handi (breaking a pot full of milk and its derivatives) takes place on the second day. Lord Krishna is welcomed by offering umpteen varieties of scrumptious sweet dishes are prepared from milk and curds that Krishna loved 🙂 Generally the devotees prepare those food items which are considered to be the favorite of Lord Krishna. At the midnight all these scrumptious items are placed in front of Lord Krishna and this called as the ritual of ‘bhog’. Later all these scrumptious items are distributed amongst his devotees.

The birth of Lord Krishna heralded the dawn of a new era. He brought the message of devotion and duty to the world. Janmashtami commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna, who in India’s sacred writings is described as God Himself. One of the biggest religious festivals in the world, it is celebrated with devotional fervor and enthusiasm by approximate  nine hundred and thirty million people around the world–and two million in the US alone. To devotees, it’s Christmas and New Year’s in one, a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration that effectively finishes an old year and begins a fresh one.

Foodies if this fact makes you wonder that what’s so special about Krishna, as opposed to any other form of God? Foodie friends It’s his personable-ness. He reciprocates in unique, personal ways with every devotee who offers him love—He is the most adorable, mischievous son, the most romantic lover, the most compassionate friend. And on Janmashtami, devotees celebrate Krishna in all of these aspects. For just as Krishna reciprocates individually with His relatives and confidantes, he responds to the distinct feelings and desires held most deeply in the heart of every single worshiper .

Janmashtami, the birth day of Lord Krishna, is an occasion for joy and celebration 🙂 So while you are busy sprucing up your home and gearing up for celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday, don’t forget that your celebrations cannot be complete without some mouth-watering sweet treats 🙂 almond 2 We bring you this delectable Janmashtami sweet recipe of Almond Halwa that you and your family will love. Its a sinfully delicious Indian sweet recipe – Rich with badam 🙂 Foodies please note that Badam is the Indian name for Almonds 🙂 Ever since our childhood, we have been encouraged to have at least 5-7 almonds everyday and not to forget  a tablespoon of this Badam halwa every morning in the winters 🙂 They are our favourite nuts 🙂 Most of ours in fact. Hope you all will agree 🙂 We love almonds and foodies we love them best in this dessert 🙂 In fact we always look forward to winters to treat ourselves with this delicacy made of almonds. Well honestly not always 😉 We love it so much that we have to have it when we crave for it 😉 We need to stand by our names after all “ Miss foodies” 🙂 almond 6 Badam Halwa is a regal dessert fit for Kings! While the recipe does not call for too many ingredients, nor is the process a complex one, it takes love and time to make a good Badam Halwa… Foodies for a perfect Badam Halwa you literally need to stand over the pot and stir constantly to prevent the Halwa from scorching or burning. Don’t let that scare you off though, as the end result is well worth the effort.

Foodies Badam Halwa is a rich, luscious treat that lends itself perfectly to very special occasions. And so we thought Janmashtami tops all those occasions especially when Lord Krishna simply loved sweets 🙂 It’s a rich, sumptuous, mouth watering delicacy. Not to forget the healthy benefits almonds bring to you. Almonds(Badam) are rich in Proteins, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Vitamin-E. 5-6 Almonds a day work as a tonic to keep your body and mind healthy and active.  Badam Halwa is high in nutrition and gives strength to the body, especially to those women who had just delivered a new born 🙂 

Badam halwa is a delicious desert made with puréed almonds, butter/ ghee (clarified butter), sugar and saffron. It is a sweet made from almonds , garnished with nuts and adding a little color to look good and attractive. So this rich and tasty Indian dessert prepared with almonds recipe comes from my granny who makes badam halwa often. Except reducing the amount of ghee 🙂 followed her recipe as such and it turned out well.Let’s learn how to make badam halwa following this very simple recipe 🙂 Ingredients almond 1 Method

  1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the almonds. Leave aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and remove the skins of the almonds.
  3. Purée the almonds with 4 tablespoons of milk to a smooth paste in a blender.
  4. Heat the clarified butter (ghee) in a non-stick pan and add the almond purée. Cook over a slow flame while stirring continuously till the mixture turns golden brown (approx. 15 minutes).
  5. Boil together the remaining milk with 4 tablespoons of water, add to the almond mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add a few strands of saffron and mix well to get a nice golden brown color.
  6. Add the sugar and cardamom powder and cook till the sugar has dissolved, while stirring continuously.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with the almonds.

process almond 5 Almonds are often used for garnish, they make a beautiful presentation. So we played around with almonds itself to present Almond halwa differently 😉 Have a look 🙂 almond 9 almond 7 Super tempting Almond Halwa, looks so yummy 🙂 Foodies don’t just keep waiting. Start making 🙂

Happy Janmashtami

Parul n Sakshi

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