Healthy Almond And Muskmelon Seeds Halwa That Boost Immunity
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Badam halwa is a traditional Indian dessert made with almonds, sugar (you can omit sugar if you desire), ghee, and cardamom. Make this delectable holiday dessert in about 30 minutes, either the traditional way with whole almonds or the quick approach with a store-bought meal. Halwa is a popular dessert among many Indians, and numerous varieties are available around the country. Halwa is made from semolina, wheat, lentils, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Ayurveda recommends consuming soaked almonds throughout the monsoon season to enhance immunity and provide essential nutrients. However, at times eating soaked almonds may become a monotonous habit. We thought we'd share a delicious and healthy recipe you can make at home. This halwa is prepared with almonds, poppy seeds, and muskmelon seeds. This variant of halwa is beneficial for strength and immunity. Scroll down to learn about the recipe and its benefits.

About Badam Halwa

Badam halwa is a classic pudding-like dish. Whole almonds are soaked, skinned, crushed, and cooked with ghee, milk or water, and sugar. It has cardamom and saffron flavours. The name "badam" comes from the Hindi word for "almonds." This delicacy is a rich and delectable dessert that is particularly popular in South Indian sweet shops and tiffin centres. Expect a decadent spread of badam halwa if you attend grand South Indian celebrations such as weddings, baby showers, naming ceremonies, and housewarming ceremonies. 


    250 gms almonds

    1 tbsp white pepper

    50 gms poppy seeds

    ⅕ cup ghee

    Milk when required


1.    Soak almonds, poppy seeds, and white pepper overnight in separate containers.

2.    The following day, peel the almonds. Adding the poppy seeds and white pepper, blend them in a blender to make a thick paste.

3.    Heat a heavy pot, pour the paste, and keep the flame low; cook the mixture for 1.5 hours or until it turns brownish.

4.    Once finished, you can put it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

5.    And when you're ready to eat it, take a tiny amount, add 4 tablespoons of milk, and sugar to taste. Cook for a minute, then serve.

Benefits Of The Halwa

This halwa is best eaten on an empty stomach since it helps activate the nutrients and work them effectively. Muskmelon seeds are high in vitamin C, which boosts immunity by activating the body's White Blood Cells, and they are also high in fibre, which helps the digestive system. Almonds include 15 minerals, including protein, magnesium, and zinc, as well as vitamin E, which serves as an antioxidant, helping to boost the immune system and protect the body from diseases caused by viruses and bacteria. Lastly, poppy seeds are high in zinc and contain antioxidants, which increase immunity and promote immune cell formation.