Indian household kitchens are a treasure trove of ingredients that are abundantly rich in nutrition. Be it vegetables, fruits, nuts or seeds, all of these are widely used in gravy and curry preparations in Indian cuisine. When it comes to nuts, almonds are intrinsic to Indian cooking. You can use them in desserts as toppings and even make a paste out of them to use in thick curries. A lot of people also prefer to savour raw almonds, as consuming raw almonds is said to boost memory power.
Raw almonds are best consumed in their blanched form, wherein the skin is peeled off. A lot of Indian recipes require blanching of almonds where the nuts are first immersed and soaked in water and then the skin is peeled off. Soaked almonds are often considered healthier than the raw ones; this is primarily because the brown peel of almonds contain a compound called tannin that inhibits nutrient absorption in the body. Also, when the peel comes off, it allows the nut to release all the nutrients easily.
However, the problem occurs while peeling off the skin from the almond. There are times when you'd find it hard to pull off the skin from the nut, ultimately making it break from within. To make the entire process easy and hassle-free for you, we've got a super-easy hack that requires minimal efforts to peel almond skin. All you've got to do is bring together few almonds and a wide bowl filled with lukewarm or hot water.
How To Blanch Almonds | How To Peel Almond Skin Easily
To begin with, take a bowl of hot water and immerse all the almonds in it. Make sure that there's no over-crowding of almonds in the bowl and let them soak for about 30-45 minutes. Once this is done, take out the almonds and transfer them in a bowl of cold water. Once cool, drain the water and dry the almonds using a kitchen cloth. Now, slightly press the almonds in between your thumb and index finger and you'll see the skin shrivels up and comes off with maximum ease and minimal pressure.
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