April 14, 2023

Badam Kheer | Badam Payasam | बादाम खीर

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 Badam Kheer / Payasam is an exotic festive dish which is loaded with lots of richness and flavor .

It is very easy to make and has no fancy ingredients except almonds ,cardamom, milk and saffron strands.  Sugar is used as a sweetener.   Soaked almonds are ground to a fine paste with saffron and cardamom and simmered in boiling milk .

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Mom used to stock up home made badam powder and I used to drink Badam milk during my school days as I was not a fan of malt based drinks . Badam payasam is an extension of Badam Doodh or Badam milk and a perfect dessert for all festive occasions or even get togethers .

Even beginners can easily make  badam Kheer due to the ease involved in the making of this payasam. I prepared this yummy and aromatic badam Kheer for our Tamil New Year's festival today .

To know more about ,how we celebrate Tamil New Year (Puthaandu) and the delicious spread we prepare ,check this post here .

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Preparation Time - 1 hr
Cooking Time - 30 mins
Complexity- easy 
Serves - 3 to 4 


1/2 cup badams /almonds soaked in hot boiling water 
1/2 litre milk (preferably use 2% fat or full fat milk) 
1/4 cup sugar 
3 to 4 cardamoms
Few strands of saffron


  • Soak the almonds in hot boiling water for mini1 hr . You can soak for 2 to 3 hours also. Deskin the badams and discard the skin.
  • In a blender add the badams, cardamoms,  saffron ,1/2 cup milk and grind to a fine paste .
  • Boil the 1/2 litre milk in a thick bottomed vessel . As the milk reaches its boiling point ,slowly add this badam paste and keep stirring on low flame and continue cooking until the raw flavor of almonds is lost .
  • Lastly, add the sugar and continue to simmer till the kheer thickens .  You can add some saffron strands while the kheer is simmering. Turn off the stove and let it come to room temperature. 
  • Serve this badam Kheer warm or chilled . 

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April 02, 2023

Gulkand (Gulqand) Milkshake

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 Gulkand is a sweet preserve made from the rose petals . Rose petals are slow cooked in sugar syrup until it reaches a jam like consistency.  This when stored in an air tight container has a very long shelf life and can be used in various ways . 

The most common use of gulkand is in the making of meetha paan (beeda) . I. love to eat spoonfuls of gulkand as is because it is really very tasty and it has been my favorite since childhood . I am sure most kids love to eat gulkand.

 Gulkand is also beneficial from health point of view as it has cooling properties and helps reduce body heat and also rich in proteins . Gulkand mixed with milk is useful to give relief from acidity or gastric reflux. 

Gulkand Milkshake is a delicious summer time treat ,which will be loved by one and all  . Best way to give fussy kids their daily dose of milk is by adding this gulkand to their milk and serving it nice and chill . Kids would love to sip on this chill gulkand shake . 

Gulkand Milkshake can be served as a welcome drink for your summer barbecue parties or match get togethers . Make a huge pitcher of gulkandh milk shake in advance and refrigerate it.Serve it chilled when your guests arrive.

You may use rose essence in case you don't have rose syrup readily available. 

 If you love the flavor of rose ,you can also try Rose Kulfi , Rose milk, Rose Thandai   as Summer special treats. 

In our food bloggers' group Shhh cooking secretly challenge ,Sasmita was the host for this month. She suggested we make healthy summer Coolers sans the use of soda or fizzy drink . 

Coincidentally ,I was paired with Sasmita for the theme and she suggested I use ,gulkand and rose syrup as my secret ingredients.  With such exotic ingredients, I whipped up this delicious and healthy milk shake and Sasmita has made a lemonade using sabja seeds .

Preparation Time - 5 mins 
Cooking Time - Nil 
Complexity - easy
Serves - 4 glasses 


3 tbsp gulkand 
2 teaspoon rose syrup 
4 cups milk
5 to 6 icecubes 


  • Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend it until it is creamy and frothy .
  • Pour it equally in 4 serving glasses  and serve chilled. 
  • For added deliciousness , you may add a scoop of vanilla ice cream while serving .

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