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Besan Ka Halwa

Besan Ka Halwa

Besan Ka Halwa

Besan Ka Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert and made using different flour, lentils, nuts and vegetables. Besan Ka Halwa is one of my favorite Halwas. This is delicious and also quick and easy to make. When you roast the besan, the house is full of sweet aroma. Besan Ka Halwa is also gluten free.
4.34 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup coarse besan ladoo ka besan, gram flour
  • 1/2 cup clarified butter ghee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder ilachi
  • 2-1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp almonds sliced


  • Boil the water with sugar, and cardamom powder in a sauce pan over low medium heat. Bring to a boil and Set aside.
  • Melt the clarified butter in a frying pan on low medium heat. Add besan and roast to golden brown color; stirring constantly this will take about 5 to 8 minutes. Besan will be golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.
  • Add the syrup slowly, as you add the syrup to besan water will splatter.
  • Turn down the heat to low and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Besan will absorb the water, as the Halwa cools so keep Halwa a little softer then you like.
  • Garnish with cashews.


Serving suggestion
Serve hot for best taste. If you like, garnish with shaved pistachio, almonds or shredded coconut.
Instead of water add 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of water and keep Halwa a little thicker. Pour the Halwa on a greased plate, keep it about 1/2 inch thick. Garnish with shaved almonds or pistachio or shredded coconut, and let it cool for about a half an hour. Cut the Halwa in square or diamond shapes like burfi.
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23 thoughts on “Besan Ka Halwa

  1. Hello Manjula! Thanks a lot for your recipes. I enjoy a lot cooking your dishes. I have one question, I do not live in India and here is quite impossible to get ghee. Can I use Sunflower oil or any other oil to replace it? if so, are the measures the same, or a bit different?

    Thanks a lot!

    King regards,


  2. Thank you Manjula I was looking for a reliable recipe for this halwa and I know yours are…I’ll be making it in the more solid form. Also thank you for the trick to convert this recipe without coarse besan. When I make it I’ll write back, Didina

      1. I did this recipe again but with no dairy. I used coconut oil in place of ghee and a mix of rice milk and coconut milk in place of cow’s milk (I made the squares version). It came out a little softer (maybe I should have cooked it for longer) but it was a hit with everybody and disappeared very soon. Will do it again! I also think that Manjula’s recipes are very, very much superior to those of vegan bloggers, so if you want to cook vegan (which I am not) I suggest sticking to this blog and modifying the recipes if necessary.

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