It was one of those late nights, when everyone and everything around the house was quiet. There is something magical about experiencing silence in a full house. Lots of love and hope were floating around in the silence. Love for each other and hope to make great strides in what ever it is that each one of us secretly desired in the serine silence of the night.
That night I was secretly hoping to create some magic with almond meal. I had bought a bag of almond meal in hopes of baking with it. While I did bake some cookies and cakes with it, almond meal cannot sustain on its own. It needs lot of help from other ingredients and ends up being a part of the dish rather than the main ingredient. I was hopeful to change all of that with this almond meal pudding.
1/2 cup of Almond meal
1 cup of 2% Milk
1 tsp of cardamom powder
1/4 tsp of saffron
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 tsp chia seeds
Heat a pan and dry roast the almond meal for about a minute or so. Keep an eye on this and do not walk away from the pan. With in a matter of seconds the almond meal will turn from being slightly roasted to completely burnt. So stand by the pan, keep stirring and when the almond meal is slightly brown and toasty turn off the heat.
In a sauce pan add the milk, sugar, saffron and cardamom powder. Whisk it together and bring it to a boil.
Keep whisking in between and let it boil for about 5- 8 minutes.
Once it comes to a boil, add the roasted almond meal. Whisk it thoroughly to prevent lumps.
Let it cook for about a minute and turn off the heat.
Add the chia seeds and whisk them in to the pudding mixture. The chia seeds soak up the moisture getting all gooey and help in getting the pudding like consistency.Close the sauce pan and let it sit for 10 -15 minutes.
By now it should all come together and if its too thick add more milk.
Add some crushed almonds or drizzle some honey if its not sweet enough.
The pudding has this dreamy yellowish tinge from the saffron. It was creamy yet with the right texture from the almond meal.
Hope is a beautiful thing. Whoever conjured it up had thought this through. We would have nothing to hold on to or fall back on if we lost hope. Just as we don't stop desiring, we should never stop hoping. Sometimes hope can end on a sweet note like this almond meal pudding.