Thursday, July 14, 2011

Batham palkova (Almond kova)

Other names: Almond milk halwa, Bathaam palkova, almond fudge.

I don't know , if there exists a sweet dish in this name. But it will be a good choice when we want to make something similar to almond halwa with very little almonds and lesser time. With all these sweet ingredients, we will definitely arrive at a wonderful result.  As expected, this newer sweet was so delicious and became our comfort zone for that weekend. Enjoy this sweet on a special occasion and let me know how it turned out:)

Batham paal kova.

Almond - 15
milk - 1/2 cup
milk powder - 4 tbsp
Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1 can (14 oz / 396 gm)
Butter – 2 tbsp
cardamom powder - a pinch
Saffron – few strands

Bring 1 cup water to boil and put the almonds. Let them be in that heat till they swell and show wrinkles. Switch off and put them in cold water for 10 minutes. The skin will come off. (We can soak them overnight too). Peel the skin and grind them to a coarse paste along with the milk.

Now put everything above on a thick bottom wok and start heating in a medium flame. Stir continuously. Don't leave it unattended for a second. If necessary reduce the flame to the lowest. After 5 minutes bubbles will start appearing all over. It will be very hot, so take care. If doing in a big bulk, wear a gloves for safety.

Within 8 - 10 minutes, the kova will thicken and start leaving the sides. It is the best stage. If we want to make slices, then go ahead and stir for few more minutes. Add cardamom powder before switching off.
I wanted mine in halwa stage and so stopped there.

Almond kova is ready!

Another version: (updated 2011, Oct 25)

Almond - 1 1/4 cup
sweetened condensed milk - 300 gm (12 oz / 80 % of a 386 gm tin / 3/4 cup )
milk powder - 3/4 cup
(instead of condensed milk and milk powder we can use equal weight of sweetened milk khova - says the old recipe )
cardamom - 5
saffron - few strands
yellow color
ghee - 2 tbsp

Soak almond overnight. Remove skin and grind coarsely with 1/4 cup milk.
Fry the almond paste in ghee in medium heat for 10 minutes.
Add the milk khova and stir well. Do this in medium heat for another 10 minutes,
Add color, cardamom.
Garnish with finely chopped alomond, saffron.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot or cold as dessert.


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious sweet with almonds...loved it..Nice twist to the normal palkova

Santosh Bangar said...

ddo so share ideselicious all time favourate

never heard for long time .i thik u are not follow

Ms.Chitchat said...

Tasty almond kova,thanks for sharing. It is already late night for me here,so preparing it tomorrow for sure :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Almond kova looks so yummy and delicious. Excellent preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

En Samaiyal said...

Vikki, a very yummy recipe. I love paal kova. I wish I can grab it off the computer

Vardhini said...

Yummy .. love the flavor of almonds.

Event: Fast food not Fat food

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking dessert looks wonderful

Tina said...

Delicious sweet....

divya said...

WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

Ambreen said...

Oh dear, I love it. Lovely & delicious! You can't go wrong with condensed milk :)

n33ma said...

ohhhhhh this looks delicious!