Looking for a healthy snack? Grab a handful of almonds. Considered the most nutrient-packed tree nut, almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E and a good source of protein and fibre. They’ve also been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and help in weight management. Try these delicious almond recipes:
Grilled almond sugar-free burfee:
Grate 500g khoya and keep aside. Heat a pan and add khoya and add 40 g of a sugar-free alternative. Cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from fire and mix in roasted and crushed almonds. Immediately transfer to individual serving dish. Sprinkle the remaining sugar-free on top. Place the dish in a hot oven heated to 200c with heat only from top and allow the sugar to caramelize. Remove and serve immediately.
Anjeer badam ka murabba:
Soak 500g dried anjeer in 500ml of water for an hour. Now without draining any water boil the soaked anjeer on a low flame. Add all the spices (1 star anise, 1 tbsp fennel seeds, 12 peppercorns, 1 small piece cinnamon). Keep boiling it till it starts to get mushy. Now with the back of a spoon mash up the anjeer. Mix it thoroughly.
Add 3 tbso organic honey and 1.5 cup peeled and roasted almonds and cook till it gets a jam-like consistency. Remove and cool completely. Fill in cleaned jars and refrigerate.
Soak 3 tbsp kasoori methi in half cup of water. Squeeze kasoori methi so all the water drains out. Heat 2 tbsp oil and add 1 dry red chilli, sprinkle 1 tsp jeera and ½ tsp hing. Add tbsp ginger garlic paste, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp red chilli powder and 2 tsp coriander powder. Add kasoori methi to this and cook for 3 minutes. Now add blanched and peeled ½ cup almonds, ½ cup green peas and salt. Sauté and add 3 tbsp tomato puree. Add a little water and cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Sweet chilli almonds:
Place 2 sprigs of curry leaves in a microwave and dry them completely on low heat. Crush them in a bowl and add salt, 2 tsp sugar, ½ tsp red chilli powder. Mix well. Add ½ egg white to 1 cup whole almonds, mix well. The egg white should be just enough to coat the almonds lightly. Now sprinkle the masala and mix well. Spread the almonds on a roasting tray.
In a pre-heated oven, cook the almonds for 10 minutes at 120c. Remove and allow to cool completely.