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Kesar Badam Halwa | Saffron Almond Pudding

Kesar Badam halwa, or Saffron Almond Pudding, is the undisputed “king” of Indian desserts. Made using just six simple ingredients, it is one of the most delicious and decadent desserts. I make it using almond flour , milk, butter or ghee (clarified butter), sugar, cardamom and saffron.

Naturally sweet and nutty almond flour, or almond meal,  forms the foundation of this rich dessert. I add milk for a creamy and silky smooth texture. Saffron provides a beautiful floral aroma and vibrant yellow color to this halwa. I add a pinch of freshly crushed cardamom since that enhances and compliments the flavors of saffron.

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Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes- Instant Pot /Oven

In my home, the ultimate indulgence is warm -gooey Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes.  Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven.  It’s our go-to dessert for family game nights or any instant celebrations in the house.
Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven. This recipe uses pressure cooking in an instant pot to bake the cakes. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Individual Servings

Since this is a decadent dessert, I like to make individual portions using these Silicone Cupcake Liners. These liners serve three great purposes in my home: First, the silicone molds don’t get hot to the touch after baking, so handling is super easy, my kids bake with these often. Second, taking the lava cakes out of these molds is a breeze. Simply, invert them on to your serving dish, and they slip out nice and easy. Third, it does portion control for me. I take one, finish it and feel satisfied that I had a full dessert. After that, I don’t feel like going for seconds, like I would be tempted to, if it were a cake:-)

Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven. This recipe uses pressure cooking in an instant pot to bake the cakes. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodiePressure Cooking Salted Caramel Molten lava Cakes

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Rice Pudding- Kheer

Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine.  It is typically made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, and is enhanced by cardamom or saffron, and dried fruits and nuts like cashews, almonds, pistachios and raisins.  There are many variations and names of this sweet treat all over India.  It can also be made with broken wheat, tapioca or vermicelli.  Kheer is typically served as a dessert and is often made as an offering during prayer ceremonies or festive occasions.

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60 different variations:

Rice puddings are found in nearly every area of the world.  There are variations in recipes based on cooking methods and list of ingredients, but rice (or a similar starch) and milk seem to be the common ones in most.  According to Wikipedia, there are close to 60 different variations of Rice Puddings around the world.

Arroz Con Leche:

Another popular rice pudding is the Spanish/Latin American dessert called Arroz Con Leche, which literally translates to ‘rice with milk’. My daughters had to make traditional Latin American cuisine for their Spanish class at school. One of them opted to make Arroz Con Leche. She came home with a recipe, and that’s when I realized, how similar it is to Kheer. My daughter’s rice pudding got rave reviews at school and we added another great recipe to our family favorites! If you want to try it, I’ve added that recipe too!

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Dairy-Free & Nut-Free Alternative:

This recipe can be made dairy-free by substituting milk with unsweetened, regular Almond milk, or full-fat coconut milk.  I’ve tried using low-fat coconut milk, but it just doesn’t taste creamy and smooth like it should.  I have observed that whenever I make kheer with almond milk, I do end up adding 1-2 tablespoons of extra sugar. If you want to make it  nut-free, use regular milk, and skip the nuts in the recipe.

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Coming back to Kheer recipe. I like to flavor mine with freshly ground cardamom. If you don’t like the black specs in it, you can use the store bought version, which is much lighter. Also, you can use raisins, coconut and even saffron to enhance your rice pudding. So, if your version is different than mine, simply use this recipe as a guideline and do your magic.

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Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot is a Game Changer

Till I bought my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I used to make Kheer on the stove-top. It would take me around 30-40 minutes (depending on quantity), but I had to babysit the pot. I had  to adjust temperature, keep stirring, make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Definitely worth it, but why do that when you can have a hands-free option! Untill now, I believed that dairy has a tendency to curdle under high and fluctuating pressure, which is how many stove-top pressure cookers operate. But the Instant Pot is different. The Porridge mode allows you to cook at a consistent and even temperature- no changes in pressure till the cooking is done. So now, I can fill the pot with the ingredients, give it a stir, and set a timer on Porridge mode and forget about it! And it tastes amazing too- that’s a huge win for me.

How to Prevent the ‘Burn’ message:

My Mom’s Tip :

In order to ensure that the milk doesn’t stick/burn at the bottom of the pan, start by adding 1/4 cup water and then add the milk. Don’t ask me how, but this trick works every single time.

My Tip :

By turning the Saute mode on initially, the milks gets tempered, which means, it warms a bit before we close the lid for pressure cooking. This prevents the milk from curdling. Also, starting with a super clean pot also ensures that. So, wipe your inner pot clean to make sure nothing from the last meal is still sticking to it. Continue Reading…