Besan Halwa Recipe
Besan/gram flour/chickpea flour is one item that is included in my monthly provision list, because I make a variety of savory dishes with besan, for my children as evening snack when they come from school. Last month I heard about besan halwa from my cousin, and she gave me the recipe. Last Sunday my sister and family came for lunch and I made the besan halwa. It was an instant it. Every one relished it. Now my sister has taken the recipe from me. Why don’t you try it?
Recipe for besan halwa
- Besan/Gram flour/Chickpea flour: 1 cup
- Milk: 1 cup
- Ghee: 1 cup
- Sugar: 1 cup
- Water: 1 ½ cup
- Cardamom powder: ¼ tsp
- Raisins: 10
- Cashew nuts: ½ cup
- Almonds: 10
- Mix the milk with 1 cup of water. Heat a pan, pour this milk-water into it and simmer on a medium flame. Add the cardamom powder. Mix well. Remove from heat and keep aside.
- Make sugar syrup. Mix sugar with ½ cup water and bring to boil, till the sugar melts completely and you get thick syrup. I always use sugar syrup when making any sweet, instead of adding sugar directly.
- Heat a non-stick pan (preferable to make halwa, to avoid the halwa from sticking on to the pan).
- Add 1 tbsp of ghee. When the ghee is heated, add the raisins, fry for 2 seconds, and add the cashew nuts and fry until cashew nuts turn light brown. Remove the raisins and cashew nuts from the pan and keep aside.
- Cut the almonds into thin strips.
- Again heat the non-stick pan.
- Add 2 tbsp of ghee and heat it.
- Add the besan flour and cook by frying it, till you get a good fragrance. The besan flour would have turned brown by now.
- Now pour in the milk-water mixture into the pan, slowly, while stirring continuously to avoid forming of lumps.
- Keep cooking for 5 minutes.
- Add ½ of the ghee.
- Add the sugar syrup and continue stirring, until the halwa thickens and starts pulling away from the sides of the pan.
- Pour in the remaining ghee and stir for 2 minutes.
- Now add the fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well and switch off the flame.
- You can garnish the halwa with almonds and eat as soon as it is warm.
- Or, you can spread the halwa evenly on a ghee greased tray. Garnish with almonds. Allow to cool. Cut into desired shape and enjoy.
I understand that not very many people like this besan halwa. My friend was complaining that she made it once and she did not like. Maybe it did not come out well the first time and she was frustrated. With plenty of ghee and sugar, and made in the right way, this halwa is actually very delicious. Just try it…..you are sure to like it!!!