Saffron Almond Pudding (Kesar Badam Halwa)
Made in celebration of Maha Shivaratri, this saffron almond pudding called kesar badam halwa is sweet and delightfully tasty.
Maha Shivarati marks the remembrance of overcoming
darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is most common to find
the celebrations in India, Nepal, and other Southeast Asia countries
that have members of the Shaiva Hindu diaspora.
This delicious saffron-infused dish is ready to be
served when the mixture is batter-like, or it can be cooked further to
let set into bars. The wonderful color and flavor of saffron combined
with the ghee makes a rich and amazing treat that is indispensable to
celebrations of any kind, and is especially perfect for colder weather.
1 cup almonds
2 1/2 cup sugar
3 cup water
2 cup ghee
1 pinch Rumi Saffron
Boil 2 cups water and pour over almonds in a bowl. Let soak until skins are ready to remove. Grind skinned almonds into find paste and set aside. Dilute saffron in a little water (not more than two tablespoons) and set aside.
Boil sugar with remaining 1 cup water in a saucepan until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Add almond paste and saffron/water mixture to boiling syrup and mix well. Add saffron/water mixture to syrup and mix well. Instantly mix in half of the ghee. Let boil into the mixture turns paste-like, and pour the remaining ghee into the mixture gradually.
Once a batter-like mixture has formed, remove it from heat. Sprinkle with saffron and enjoy!
Don't forget to decorate the top with saffron, almonds, or pistachios!