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


  • BDSN

    Superb Photo!!Sailu!!JUst love it…

  • Mrs. Marthi

    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.

  • Priya Balabhaskaran

    Sailu, I like this drink. Never tried at home:) Nice pictures!!

  • Kitchenmate

    Sailu: Yummy drink. Picture looks so delicious that i want to grab the glass:)
    Goes to my “Must do’s”

  • Lera

    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 !

  • Lakshmi

    this is one of my favorite drink.
    tapakunda try cheyala sailu. and by the way, you have been tagged.

  • vkn

    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!

  • Vineela

    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.

  • Santhi

    I make this one with out saffron. Does adding saffron make a lot of difference in taste sailu??
    BTW beautiful beautiful picture..

  • radhika

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

  • MM

    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!

  • Puspha

    Delicious. Never tried it but gonna do it soon.

  • jytohsna

    wow sailu, its amazimg. its my favourite drink. very tasty. i like ur dishes.

  • sri

    Superb photo sailugaru.

  • kris

    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!

  • sowmya

    hi..i made this and posted in my blog for mbp…please see when you find time..thanks.

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  • Pari

    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.

  • gowri

    hello sailugaru,
    Your badam kheer looks great and nice photograph. Thanks for sharing

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  • kamalika


    Your pic is been copied here

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

    Thanks for informing me, Kamalikaji.

  • ritu

    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?

    • Sailu

      You can refrigerate upto 2-3 days.

  • Priya

    your picture is also on

    =) cool site ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kavitha

    Hi Sailu,

    this picture has been used by Times of India dated 13th March 2011 in speaking tree edition.

    • Sailu

      Thanks for informing me.

  • Jc hoover

    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:-)

  • Marcy

    Does it matter which percent fat you use for the milk? Like, does it need to be whole milk?