Badaam (Almonds)

Introduction

Another healthiest food item of this world is Almonds. Almonds is a super food belonging to Middle East, Africa, India and South East Asian Countries. Eventually it reached Central and Southern United States, Australia, Pakistan and Madagascar. They are best suited to grow in the Mediterranean climate or in tropical areas. Its cultivation somewhere around 3000 BC. In India, it is known as Badaam. It is majorly cultivated in Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka. The Almond tree usually bears fruit during the colder months in India.

Nutritional Value

Almonds are a super food and are an excellent source of protein, sodium, carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, fiber and healthy fat. Other constituents include thiamin, niacin, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and zinc. It is considerably low in cholesterol. The almonds are a great alternative when you are attacked by untimely hunger pangs.

Usage in Indian Kitchen

Everyone has gone through the time when their mothers pleaded to eat a few soaked almonds every morning as it was known to keep brain active and healthy. Well it is certainly not a myth. In India, we use almonds to sprinkle as garnishing over the salads or Biryani’s. Using the paste of crushed almonds to make other dishes is pretty common. Badaam milk, Badaam Chikki and Badaam Barfi are two main dishes of every household in India. Roasted and spicy almonds are a great snacking option.

Health Benefits of Badaam

  1. It is believed that the fiber content in almonds can help in preventing the cancer as it helps in the detoxification of the body.
  2. It provides as a great energy booster.
  3. Very helpful for anemia.
  4. The almond oil is great for nourishment of skin and hair.
  5. It is age defying in nature.