Badam Halwa or Almond Halwa Recipe

Badam Halwa or Almond Halwa – Ugadi Special Recipe

Ugadi or the Telugu New Year is on April 8, 2016. Also celebrated in Karnataka and in Maharashtra as  Gudi Padwa. It is both a time of piety and gaiety. We start the day with prayer and Ugadi Pachadi and then celebrate the a time for family and friends. As with all festivities food plays a very important role. What better way to celebrate any festival than with sweets. 🙂 So today, I am presenting the recipe for Badam Halwa.

A rich dessert that is easy to make, Badam Halwa has a very very subtle taste. It does not need many ingredients; just Badam, saffron, milk, cardamom, and sugar. Almost all of these are easily found at home. Badam Halwa can also be stored for quite a while, especially if it is made without milk.

Want more recipes to celebrate Ugadi? Here is a collection of traditional Ugadi recipes.

Badam Halwa Recipe


How to Make Badam Halwa

Badam Halwa - Ugadi Special Recipe
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
Badam Halwa is a rich dessert made with ground almonds, sugar, and ghee.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1 .5 Cups
Author: Aruna
  • 1 Cup Badam or Almonds
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 8 Cardamom
  • ~20 Strands Saffron
  • 3/4 Cup Milk or Water
  • 5 tbsp Ghee
  • A Few Drops Kesari or Saffron Colour Optional
To Blanch the Badam or Almonds
  1. Soak Badam in medium hot water.
  2. Set aside for 3 hours.
  3. Peel the almonds.
  4. Set aside
Soak the Saffron
  1. Soak the saffron in warm milk or water for at least 15 minutes.
To Make the Badam Halwa
  1. Peel the cardamom.
  2. Grind the cardamom and sugar to a fine powder.
  3. Add the badam, milk/water and saffron.
  4. Grind to a smooth paste.
  5. In a non-stick pan, over medium flame, heat 2 tbsp ghee.
  6. Add the ground badam paste.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Stir constantly and cook till the paste thickens a bit.
  9. Add 1 tbsp ghee.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Cook while stirring constantly till the Badam Halwa becomes translucent.
  12. Add the kesari colour.
  13. Mix well.
  14. Turn off the heat.
  15. Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.
  16. Serve the Badam Halwa warm.
Recipe Notes

If you want a softer consistency, add a little warm water or milk and mix well.

You could increase ghee by 1 tbsp.

Badam Halwa tends to stiffen as it cools because of the ghee in it. So warm it before serving it.

Refrigerate the leftover Badam Halwa.


Badam Halwa Recipe


  1. I am a terrible cook but this looks so tempting,I am sure I will muster courage in a couple of centuries to actually try and make it at home 😀 Till then, drooling on in full mode 😀

  2. Hey akka. So nice to see you as one of the food bloggers Akka. Really Happy to see you Akka posting recipes with your name. I mean I am not getting the right word what to say. 🙂

  3. Aruna, the badam halwa is absolutely spectacular! Oh how I wish we were neighbors! I would gladly share the the Indo Mexican jalapeno peppers and hope to have some of that halwa for dessert:)

  4. This looks so mouth-watering! It’s one of my favourites out of the few sweets I like! Bookmarking ths! BTW do check if you are ok with your recope for The Surprise Challenge

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