This comes from a tree native to south Asia which has a fruit known as a drupe. The drupe has a hard outer casing inside which is the hard shell of the almond. Almonds are sold either in the shells or shelled. They are also blanched or crushed
Using Almonds in Indian Cooking
In Indian cuisine almonds are used in dished either to add a creamy nature to the dish or to add texture and a crunch. They are also a great thickening agent and work well in creamy dishes. Almonds also are used in deserts because they add a new dimension as a garnish. To intensify the flavour of any nut very gently toast them first.