How to make Besan Halwa -

Gram flour cooked in ghee with sugar, dried fruits and saffron.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : Gram FLour, Ghee (घी)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Desserts

Besan Halwa

Besan Halwa Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Besan Halwa Recipe

  • Gram FLour 2 cups

  • Ghee 1 cup

  • Almond and Pistachio slivers 2 tablespoon

  • Sugar ½ cup

  • saffron strands a few

  • Green cardamom powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Rose water 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add almond and pistachio slivers and sauté for a minute. Add gram flour and sauté till lightly browned.

Step 2

To make sugar syrup, heat 2 cups water in another non-stick pan, add sugar, saffron and cardamom powder and stir continuouslytill the sugar melts.

Step 3

Add sugar syrup to the gram flour mixture and stir continuously for 3-4 minutes or till the mixture reaches halwa consistency. Switch off the heat, add rose water and mix well.

Step 4

Transfer the halwa into a serving bowl and serve hot.

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