Spiced Honey Roasted Almonds…..Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day my dear readers.  Enjoy your freedom and don’t forget to thanks all our freedom fighters who made our independence possible.

honey roasted almonds

At 6.30 a.m., when I got up to switch on the water motor button, I realized that today is kite flying day but surprisingly I could not found a single kite in the sky. This time, even at our home a strange thing  happened,   “The big” day has arrived but my son hasn’t asked for a kite.

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I remember during our childhood days things were so so different. On this day everybody around including us used to gather on the rooftop quite early in the morning with water bottles and caps.  In fact, we all were so excited for this festival that preparation of collecting kites  used to start a month before.

Our parents used to restrict us to play this sport for long because at that of the year exams too were near.  But the  restrictions were not imposed on  that special day and we were allowed to fly kite  as much as we want.   It was so mesmerizing to see a  sky  flooded with kites dancing.

honey roasted almonds

People were  heard shouting loudly “Kai Po Che” (it means I have cut) at the top of their voices. I often get the honor to hold the thread of a kite which was soaring high in the sky, which I always found too heavy to hold and as soon it started to come down I gave  that back to my brother to control.

honey roasted almonds

But my entertainment for that day lies in freedom from studies and  collecting kites which came to our house.  We kids too hold the competition that who got the maximum kites.

My father who was not interested in  flying  kites but he too used to come upstairs to celebrate with us.  My parents  always cook something special for that day and that made our day more special. Such a lovely ambience used to create.

Till last year, I did tried to promote the tradition by calling his friends to accompany him in kite flying but this time even I feel lazy and his interests too have changed.

honey roasted almonds

But you never know, at last moment he might change his plan and if, he feels like flying a kite I had  made all the preparations and that includes this honey roasted almonds.

Till now,  he hasn’t changed his plans and is still in his room enjoying these almonds.  He found them so  tasty that we just got the chance to taste one or two otherwise he gobbled all one by one.  If your child doesn’t like almonds then you must try this once and you will never complaint again.

Recipe adapted from my favorite blog Natasha Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups raw almonds
  • ¾ tsp pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ⅛ cup raw sugar

Method

Preheat the oven to 180° C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. In a bowl mix salt and sugar. In a pan melt honey over medium heat just until it’s liquidy than add almonds and sprinkle with pepper. Mix until almonds are coated. Remove from heat.Spread nuts in a single layer over the lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let almonds cool for 5 minutes, then toss them in the raw sugar/salt mixture. Place the almonds back onto the baking sheet or on the parchment paper and let them cool completely.

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