Homes decked up in festive colors, beautiful candles sparkling everywhere, the exotic aroma of cardamom that greets you all when you step into our home is an indication that Diwali is around the corner! As you all know Diwali is all about decadent sweets. Well, Of course I made some sweets too but it’s a unique baked treat!
Aha! I know you’ll stop by! Come on in! Please help yourself with these flavorful almond muffins I baked for you. Scrumptious, right ? To celebrate the festive spirit of Diwali I made them with ingredients that are very traditional and has the authentic Indian flavors. Wondering what’s in these muffins? Let’s check it out…
Mango Muffins – Kesar Badam Muffins
This recipe yields 36 mini muffins
- Almond flour – 2 cups
- All purpose flour – 1/2 cup (regular/gluten free)
- Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
- Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
- Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
- Sweetened condensed milk – 1 cup
- Unsweetened mango pulp – 1/2 cup (fresh/frozen)
- Jaggery syrup (brown sugar) – 1/4 cup
- Ghee or butter – 1/4 cup (melted)
- Mango extract – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
- Milk – 1 tablespoon
- Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon + garnish
*Instead of all purpose flour you can also use Koya or instant gulabjamun mix
First, let’s do the prep work
- Add the almond flour to a dry hot pan and toast them until you smell the aroma. No need to get the brown color.
- Warm up the milk and add 1/4 teaspoon of saffron and let it soak for sometime, it gives that beautiful golden color.
- Take the seeds out of 4 small cardamom pods and crush them into a fine powder.
- Heat up 1/2 cup of water and two pieces of jaggery in a pan, once it comes to a syrupy consistency, take off the heat and let it cool. *You can also make this with light brown sugar.
- Make the mango pulp out of a fresh ripe mango or use frozen, unsweetened mango pulp. *It gets a curdled texture when you thaw it, don’t worry about it, just blend it into a smooth fluffy pulp in a blender.
- Melt the ghee or butter and keep it ready.
Now Let’s mix the wet and dry ingredients
- Take a big bowl, add the toasted almond flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom powder and mix it well.
- Now take a big cup, add melted ghee, condensed milk, mango pulp, soaked saffron milk and the mango extract and combine it nicely with a whisk. * I added the mango extract just to enhance the mango flavor, it’s totally optional.
- Pour the wet mix to the dry mix and combine it well.
- Let the batter rest for 10 minutes, it helps the flavors meld nicely
- *This batter is going to be thick because the almond flour has the tendency to absorb all the liquids, don’t add anymore liquids, It’s perfect just the way it is.
- Pre heat the oven at 350*F
- Line the mini muffin trays with golden liners, scoop the batter up to 3/4s full.
- *Dip the back of a spoon in the water and smooth the tops, so when they bake it doesn’t get cracked.
- Put it in the oven and bake it for exactly 15 minutes
- Take them out of the oven promptly and let it be in the tray, *the heat from the tray continues to cook the muffins.
- * If you try to taste one while it’s hot it might look doughy but as it cools it gets the perfect texture.
- While it’s nice and hot sprinkle the saffron, it sticks well to the glistening ghee on top.
Look how gorgeous they are!
Oh, the aroma of saffron that fills the air is absolutely divine! It brings in the good vibes and gets you into this festive mood.
It is very traditional to use jaggery and cardamom in our Indian sweets, this amazing combo can make anything taste delicious. The mango and the exotic saffron gives that beautiful golden glow to our treats and the sweet smell of ghee make these muffins absolutely irresistible.
I placed them on this beautiful golden tray accompanied by these beautiful Diwali lamps, Doesn’t that look festive?
Come on let’s take a bite. Mmm… It’s soft and fluffy and really flavorful! It’s our ever popular, Kesar Badam Burfi in the form of muffins. Enjoy!
These yummy muffins are unique, cute and easy to transport. So I’m packing them in a beautiful box lined with a festive red liner, These dainty saffron muffins make perfect gifts to our friends and family.
Until we meet again enjoy the fun, food and festivities!
If you want to know more about how we celebrate Diwali – The Festival of Lights click here to view my post
Published by Latha @ savvysouthindian.com
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