Almonds are my favourite among all dry fruits. I love them as a roasted, salted, snack. I usually soak a few overnight and peel the skin in the morning and have them before my breakfast.
In the Victorian era, nuts were considered a delicacy, which is why they were eaten at Christmas. The best thing about alonds is that due to their unique health benefits, almonds are guilt-free. 28 grams, 160-calorie handful of almonds is high in vitamin E, magnesium calcium and potassium. Almonds are also a natural source of protein, naturally high in fibre. Recent research shows they also contain flavonoid antioxidants in levels comparable to broccoli and tea. Research shows that eating about a handful of almonds a day may actually help lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels.
Nutritional benefits apart, almonds taste so good. I love to use them in my cooking too. as a garnish on phirni, in gajar halwa, in pulaos. I also prepare a nice chicken curry with ground almonds in my masala paste along with other ingredients. Lends a unique thickness and flavour to the dish. Kashmiris use a lot of almonds in their daily cooking too.
And of course in macroons and marzipans during Christmas. Delectable.
Enjoy them, but don’t go overboard too. Especially the salted ones should be consumed sparingly.