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Almond-Butter Spread

Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Here is my own recipe for a healthy bread-spread you and your family will enjoy. A good alternative for peanut butter or other sugar or corn-syrup loaded spread. I got my inspiration for this recipe from couple of traditional dishes - Baklava and Athirasam 
All the ingredients has its own health benefits. Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Honey is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. Honey has helped me a lot in reducing my seasonal pollen allergies. Found out consuming local honey works best as the bees interact with the local vegetation.  

  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 pod cardamom (Ēlakki/Elachi)
  • 1 cloves (Lavaṅga/Laung)
  • 1 small piece Cinnamon (Dālcinni/Daalacheenee) 
  • 2 black pepper (Kaalu meṇasu/Kalee mirch)
  • ¼ tsp Ginger powder 
  • Optional - Nutmeg/Jāyikāyi powder and Saffron/Kēsari - a pinch
  • Optional - Brown sugar /Jaggery (Bella/Gud) - to taste
  1. Soak Almonds for at least four to five hours.
  2. Remove and discard the skin. Spread the almonds on a towel for about 10 mins to remove water  moistrue out.
  3. In a mortar, dry grind the spices (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and black-pepper) into fine powder.
  4. In a blender or food processor, make almond paste. It is hard to get smooth paste, coarse consistence will do. 
  5. Transfer the paste in to  a bowl. Mix in the ground spices and ginger powder. Now add raw-honey and mix it all together. Note: You may blend ground spices and honey in the blender itself, but I found out it is difficult to clean the blender after that. I usually mix all together in the container I intend to store the spread and keep.
  6. Optional : may add jaggery, brown-sugar or sugar according to your taste... more sweet; Mix in pinch of nutmeg powder and saffron.
  7. Stored in refrigerator will last for a month.
  8. Enjoy your morning breakfast with toasted bread or croissant with homemade almond butter spread.

  • For your child's lunch-box, spread this mixture on cooked Chapathi/Roti and roll it in to tubes for easy munching. 
  • This mixture may be used as stuffing for other dishes like Modaka, Kadabbu, Dilkush/Dilpasand, turnovers, puff-pastries (especially Danish Bear Claw : recipe ) etc.,

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