More popularly known as ‘badam’ in India, almond is a nut (actually seed of the almond tree) that is used to enhance the flavour of dishes, both sweet and savoury. Almonds are versatile, rich in flavour and can be either sweet or bitter. Sweet almonds are usually bought shelled and used in cooking, whereas bitter almonds are used to make almond oil that is further used in flavouring foods and liqueurs. Almonds are used in several ways – peeled, soaked, sliced, blanched, chopped, powdered, as per the requirements of the recipe. Almonds are a rich source of dietary fiber, protein and essential minerals. Combined with the fact that these are cholesterol-free, the versatile almond is a must-have ingredient.
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