Badam Deep

इस व्यंजन को हिन्दी में पढ़ें

Deep/Diya is a hindi word meaning a small clay lamp. Here we are making mind blowing edible diyas with almonds. These diyas are very beautiful to look at and delicious to savour. And ... these diyas are a healthy option for the festive season! ....The idea of making edible diyas was shared by Ms Poornima Varman, the editor of weekely Hindi magazine "ABHIVYAKTI" I am the food editor of Abhivyakti. So thanks a lot to Poornima ji for this wonderful idea and a very happy Diwali to you all... please keep sharing your comments......

badam deep

(makes about 11 diye)

  • Almonds (Badam) 1 cup / 150 gms
  • Brown sugar ½ cup/ 100 gms
  • Water 3 tbsp
  • Orange food color 2-4 drops

Ingredients to decorate the diyas

  • Khoya (thickened milk) 2 tbsp
  • Ground sugar 1 tsp
  • Almonds cut into long strips
  • Raisins 11
  • Saffron threads 11

Method of preparation

  1. Clean and grind the almonds (with outer skin intact) in a grinder. Keep aside.
  2. In a non stick wok/pan boil sugar and water. After the first boil reduce the heat and boil the sugar syrup till it gets thickened and makes two string syrup. A two string syrup means that you take a drop of syrup between your two fingers and then stretch the fingers - if the syrup that sticks between the two fingers is making two threads (or strings) then the thickness of syrup is appropriate. Takes about 3-4 mins.
  3. Add 2-4 drops of orange food color in the sugar syrup and mix well.
sugar syrup
sugar syrup after adding 4 drops of orange food color
  1. Now remove the wok from heat and add almond powder in the sugar syrup. Stir well. Put the wok back on the heat and cook the mixture on very low heat until the almond paste starts leaving the sides. (Takes about 2 minutes)
after adding almond in the syrup
After about 2 minutes of cooking of almond powder in sugar syrup.
  1. Let the almond mixture cool a bit and then divide the mixture into 11 portions.
almond mixture is ready to give shapes
Mixture is ready to shape
  1. Grease your hand and take a portion and shape it to diya.
  2. Shape all the portions into diyas.

To decorate the diyas

  1. Grate the khoya (thickened milk). Add ground sugar. Mix well.
  2. Fill a little bit of khoya sugar mixture in the diya.
  3. Put a long almond strip at the end point of the diya.
  4. Cut a slit on the raisin and stick it on the almond.
  5. Put a saffron thread on top of the almond to give an appearance of heat.
almond mixture is ready to give shapes

Some Tips/ Suggestions

When sugar melts in the khoya it gives a look of natural diya (seems like ghee is melting).

Raisins give the feel of flame and saffron gives the feel of heat.

In case if the almond mix gets cold and it is hard to shape diyas, warm the almond mix for few seconds and reshape.

You can also make green diyas from pistachios, walnut diyas, chocolate diyas, coconut diyas etc....

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