Besan (Gram Flour) Halwa Recipe -
Besan (Gram Flour) Halwa Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Besan (Gram Flour) Halwa

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"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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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    35 mins


  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 skillet 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 skillet 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.
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  • Editor's Note
  • Chickpea flour, also known as gram flour or besan, can be found in Indian or Asian markets. Made from ground, dried chickpeas, the flour can be wrapped and stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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Apr 24, 2011

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

Dec 17, 2010

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!


12 Ratings

Jan 06, 2012

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!

Nov 30, 2009

I had some leftover chickpea flour from making Nan Khatai and decided to try this...I'm not familiar with this type of Halwa, so it was a new experience! I substituted butter (not quite sure how much I used) because I didn't have ghee. I may have needed more...the flour mixture was very lumpy so I added a bit of oil. Since I don't know what this is supposed to be like, I'm not sure if it turned out...what I do know is that the cardamom flavour was wonderful, and I really enjoyed this sweet treat!

Oct 13, 2011

This is great. I followed the recipe as written and it was easy to make. Didn't bother to cut it up in diamonds just put the whole thing in a bowl and decorated it with almonds and pistachios roughly chopped up in a coffee grinder. Got many compliments.

May 14, 2012

Followed directions as is - minus the cardamom as I did not have any on hand. It didn't take more than 5 minutes after adding the milk. Came together perfect. Thanks for an amazing recipe! :)

May 07, 2015

I have made this recipe several times, and it always comes out great! It is easy and if you can't find Glee (or sometimes it's too expensive) I use butter instead, and it comes out just as good. Anyway thank you for sharing.

May 23, 2015

I have some besan, but didn't know what to do with it. This recipe was a blessing. I didn't have ghee or cardamom, but substituted with canola oil and cinnamon/nutmeg. I think it will not set as it should (since I used the oil), but it still turned out delicious. I crushed some sunflower seeds and peanuts to top. I will definitely make this again.


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  • Calories
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 20.5 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 13 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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