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Dhantheras is another great Indian festival. People buy gold as it is called auspicious . It is also called very auspicious to invest money into new venture. ‘Dhan’ means money and ‘theras’ is thirteenth day of the month according to hindu calender. So Happy Dhanteras!

I am always looking out for easy dessert recipes. Diwali (Indian festival of lights, diyas and firecrackers) is here and I remember my mum preparing series of sweet dishes. Indian sweet are mostly prepared in ghee(clarified butter) , milk, condensed milk, sugar, dry fruits , saffron, cardamom, nutmeg powder and sometimes paneer (indian cottage cheese). Some delicious sweet dishes need lot of time for preparation and cooking. But badam kheer  (almond payasam) is easy, quick and can be stored in refrigerator. It will not give you as many calories as other festive desserts and needs a few ingredients.. Sugar can be replaced by your favourite sweetener like honey or jaggery. But I prefer sugar because it gives the feeling of festive days for me.  Here goes the recipe for diwali,

Almond payasam-Badam kheer

Serves 4 persons

Ingredients

half cup or 22-25  almonds(badam) (soaked for 2 hours)

500ml skimmed milk

4 cardomom pods

1/4 tsp saffron

1/2 cup sugar (add sugar as per your taste)

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

For garnish

6 almonds, 6 cashew nuts, 10 raisins

Almond payasam- Badam kheer

Procedure

  • Soak almonds for 2 hours. Remove the skin with fingers. Grind almonds to paste with the help of water.
  • Bring milk to boil. Open the cardamom pods with hands and add them in boiling milk. (You can remove them later). While stirring, pour paste of almonds. Stir occasionally for next 15 minutes.
  •  Mix saffron in 2 tsp of warm milk . Add sugar and saffron mix in the milk. Stir it for a minute and put off the heat. Allow it to cool down and refrigerate it.

Almond payasam-Badam kheer!

Garnish it with cashew ,almonds and raisins. Serve chilled or little warm.

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