Sweet besan recipes: All you need to know - 24 Mantra Organic

Sweet besan recipes: All you need to know - 24 Mantra Organic


2 Sweet Besan Recipes


Besan is an ingredient found in almost all Indian households. Whether it is to prepare snacks like dhokla or to thicken sauces and curries, besan is a versatile flour that can be used in multiple ways. Besan, also known as gram flour, is prepared by finely grinding split chickpea [1].

It is yellow in colour and a great gluten-free substitute for wheat or maida. It can also be purchased from the market, but make sure to buy an organic variant since organic besan is free from harmful pesticides and insecticides. In this article, we’ll focus on sweet besan recipes that are easy to make and extremely nutritious.

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Sweet besan recipes are very common and easy to make. They are very nutritious since besan is an excellent source of protein and dietary fibre. However, since sweet besan recipes have sugar in them, its intake should be limited to avoid developing diseases such as diabetes or putting on extra weight. Here is the nutritional value of besan:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 100 g
Amount Per Serving 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.7g 9 %
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4 %
Sodium 64mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21 %
Dietary Fibre 11g 39 %
Sugar 11g
Protein 22g 44 %
Vitamin D 0.00mcg 0 %
Calcium 45.00mg 3 %
Iron 4.86mg 27 %
Potassium 846mg 18 %
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Source: NutritionValue.org

Sweet besan recipe #1: Besan laddu

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  • 2 cups gram flour (coarse)
  • 6-8 cashew nuts
  • 6-8 almonds
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Saffron (optional)


  1. Take a heavy-bottomed pan and add ghee. When the ghee melts, add besan and roast it on low heat. Constantly stir the besan to avoid burning.
  2. Keep stirring to break the lumps of besan.
  3. After around 10 minutes, the flour will become light and fluffy. Continue roasting on low heat for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the flour changes colour to a light golden brown.
  4. You will notice that the ghee starts separating from the besan. At this stage, turn off the heat and transfer the besan into a bowl.
  5. Let it cool for around 15 minutes or until it is lukewarm. Then add saffron, cardamom, nutmeg, and dry fruits.
  6. Add powdered sugar and mix well.
  7. Massage ghee on your hands and take 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture in your hands and shape it to form round balls.
  8. Store laddus in an airtight container or refrigerate to increase its shelf life.

Sweet besan recipes #2: Besan ka halwa

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  • ½ cup ghee/clarified butter
  • 1½ cup besan/gram flour
  • 2 tbsp rava/semolina/suji, fine
  • 2 cup milk
  • ½ a cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp saffron milk
  • 2 tbsp cashew/kaju, chopped
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder


  1. Take a kadhai and add ½ cup ghee. Once the ghee melts, add 1½ cup besan along with 2 tbsp rava.
  2. If you have coarse besan, then adding rava is optional.
  3. Roast on low heat while continuously stirring the mixture. Roast for at least 25-30 minutes or until besan changes its colour to a golden brown.
  4. Then add 2 cups of milk and stir well.
  5. Keep stirring continuously until all the milk is absorbed and there are no lumps.
  6. Cook this mixture until it separates from the pan.
  7. Add ½ cup sugar and 2 tbsp saffron milk.
  8. Mix the ingredients well until the sugar dissolves completely and separates the pan.
  9. Add 2 tbsp cashew and ¼ tsp cardamom powder.
  10. Turn the heat off and transfer the mixture. Enjoy the halwa hot and garnish it with more cashews.

There you go. That was our take on two of the best sweet besan recipes. Hope we got your taste buds tingling.

Try 24 Mantra Organic’s Besan flour and savour the taste of organic goodness.

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