Besan (gram flour) halwa

    35 min

    If you like the flavour of besan (chickpea flour) in sweets, you will love this halwa. I often make this halwa instead of 'Besan Ladoo' or 'Mysore Pak'. My kids gobble it up even before it has a chance to cool down.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 250ml milk
    • 125ml water
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 180ml ghee (clarified butter)
    • 90g chickpea flour (besan)
    • 200g sugar

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring the milk and water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir the cardamom into the mixture. Set aside.
    2. Melt the ghee in a shallow frying pan over medium heat; stir the chickpea flour into the melted ghee and cook until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar and stir to incorporate. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the pan while stirring to avoid lumps. Continue cooking and stirring until the halwa pulls away from the sides of the pan, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or spread the mixture into a rimmed plate and allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve.


    Chickpea flour, also known as gram flour or besan, can be found in Asian shops. Made from ground, dried chickpeas, the flour can be wrapped and stored in the fridge for up to 6 months.

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    Very easy to prepare I added a little more Cardamon than it called for and I topped mine with some crushed Pistachios that I added a very small amount of brown sugar to when I crushed them. It was a big hit will definately make this again Thank you for the recipie  -  24 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was easy to make, and not as sweet as most American candy! I added a little cinnamon as extra spice. Great tasting! I'll be making this again!  -  14 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    instead of cardamom, i used half teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and it was so good that it tasted like pumpkin pie. infact, on a creative day, i might even use this recipe in a pie was a hit!  -  06 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)