Badam Kheer – Almond Dessert (Drink)

An aromatic Indian culinary enticement that is an absolute delight to the sweet-toothed is Badam Kheer, a milk based dessert/drink where ground almonds are cooked in milk and sugar and flavored with saffron and cardamom. Its not-so-creamy texture, mild nutty flavor of almonds, aromatic rich flavor of saffron and cardamom make it a delicious sweet drink after a dinner party or a spicy meal.

Badam Kheer Recipe

25 almonds (badam pappu)
1 litre milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4-5 crushed green cardamoms
10-15 strands saffron soaked in warm milk

Soak almonds in hot water for 15 minutes and peel the skin and grind the almonds to a paste adding half a cup of water.
Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add the sugar and almond paste and then on low heat keep stirring once in while till the milk is reduced to 3/4 th of its quantity. Ensure that you stir so that it doesnt burn.
Add the cardamom pwd and stir well.Turn off heat.
Soak saffron strands in some warm milk and stir it well and add it to the kheer.
Garnish with silvered almonds and serve chilled.

Note: Badam Kheer, which is one of my family’s favorite drink, can be made to a thicker consistency by boiling the milk till it is reduced to half its original quantity like payasam. I prefer to make it to a drinking consistency by boiling the milk to 3/4th of its original quantity. You can use low fat milk or half and half. The sugar quantity can be adjusted to your choice. It can also be served warm.

Almonds are highly nutritious and are essential nuts for growing children and also give a glow to our skin. Badam Kheer, a family favorite dessert drink, joins my list of Indian Drinks And Sharbats.

Badam Kheer – Almond Dessert (Drink)

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  almonds


28 thoughts on “Badam Kheer – Almond Dessert (Drink)

  1. Hi Sailu,

    Badam paalu excellent ga vundi. This is one of my fav drinks. Till now I don’t know how to make it. I am going to try this today itself…

    Mrs Marthi.

  2. Wow, sailu, you have been uncovering some pretty sweet stuff of late…looks yummmmmm.I bet your son & family would have had a feast back home with all the summer drinks and dessert drinks . Mmmmm, Lucky them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers !

  3. Sailu – we miss your entries at My Dhaba’s VCC Q1 2006. Just a reminder that today is the last day for the submission of the entries. Cheers!

  4. Hi Sailu,
    Picture looks delicious.I did this kheer last week.U r picture is very good.I too add saffron which gives great look and taste. kudos.

  5. hi Sailu,
    I prepared this drink yesterday and we all loved it alot…specially my husband.
    Thanks for such a nutritious drink.

  6. Oh I love this drink. One of my nannies used to make this for me. I’ve not had it in ages! So glad you posted this so I can make this now! Thanks!

  7. That looks ymmm.. But could you just tell me if I can use ground almonds instead of whole almonds, If yes, please mention the quantity. Thanks a bunch!

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  9. Hi Sailu,
    I’m preparing this right now. After you reduce the flame to low, how long does it take to reduce to 3/4 of 1/2. I have it on low for more than an hour now but it still looks the same ๐Ÿ™
    Did I do something wrong???
    Take care,

    On medium flame, boil the milk and keep stirring till it reduces to the required quantity.

  10. Sailuji,

    Your pic is been copied here

    I was googling for Badam Kheer when I came across the same picture.

    Thanks for informing me, Kamalikaji.

  11. Hi Sailu

    I love the look of this drink. Thinking of trying it this weekend. How long can this be stored in the fridge? Any idea?

  12. Made this for the first time for a party last week.. While I was making it and tasting it all I could taste was sweet milk but once I was done and refrigerated it, it tasted great:-) My guests enjoyed the very refreshing drink .. Thanks Sailu:-)

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