How to make Indian Besan Halwa with Chickpea Flour – Popular Traditional and Easy Dessert Recipes

Besan (Gram Flour) Halwa Recipe | Allrecipes


It is still not too late to celebrate Diwali Festival.


This is a traditional Indian method of cooking ‘Besan Halwa’. If you like the flavour of besan (gram flour) in sweets, you will love this halwa. I often prefer to make this halwa instead of ‘Besan Ladoo’ or ‘Mysore Pak.’ Many kids gobble it up even before it has a chance to cool down.


This recipe requires 5 minutes Preparation time, 30 minutes Cooking time, and Serves 8




  • 1 cup goat milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 cup sugar




  • Bring the milk and water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir the cardamom into the mixture. Set aside.


  • 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.

*Note: Chickpea flour, also known as gram flour or besan, available in Amazon, and Indian or Asian markets. Made from ground, dried chickpeas, the flour can be wrapped and stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.


Each serving provides 323 kcal; protein 3g, carbohydrates 33g, fat 21g.



How To Make Feta Chicken

Feta Chicken


Chicken wrapped around tomato-basil flavored feta cheese–simple, succulent, and sensational.


This recipe requires 15 minutes Preparation time, 30 minutes Cooking time, and Serves 6




  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 6 ounces tomato basil feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup Italian-style dry bread crumbs, divided




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.


  • Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of waxed paper. Gently pound chicken with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick; remove wax paper. Place 1 ounce of feta cheese in the center of each chicken breast, and fold in half.


  • Spread 2 tablespoons bread crumbs in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange chicken in the dish, and top with remaining bread crumbs.


  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Each serving provides 224 kcal; protein 32g, carbohydrates 4.6g, fat 7.8g, cholesterol l93.7mg and salt 481mg.


Frittata with Goats Cheese, Potato and Spinach recipe

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A delightful frittata that will make a great light supper with a green salad and some crusty bread.


This recipe requires less than 30 minutes Preparation time, 10 to 30 minutes Cooking time, and Serves 4





  • 120g/4½oz goats’ cheese, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g/14oz new potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 large free-range eggs
  • 100ml/3½fl oz single cream
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • handful mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 150g/5½oz spinach, roughly chopped
  • 12 sage leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper




  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the potatoes with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring for 8–10 minutes. Toss in the red onion and cook for a further 5 minutes.


  • Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add the cream, nutmeg, chopped mint and some salt and pepper and whisk well. Set aside.


  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, then toss in the spinach and sauté until it begins to wilt. Pour the cream mixture into the pan, stir around for one minute, then remove from the heat.


  • Dot the goats’ cheese evenly over the surface of the frittata and scatter over the sage leaves. Place on the top shelf of the oven for 8–10 minutes, or until the egg has set and the cheese is golden.


  • Remove the frittata from the oven and leave to stand for a few minutes to cool slightly before serving.



Each serving provides 481 kcal, 28g protein, 21g carbohydrates (of which 6g sugars), 31g fat (of which 13g saturates), 4g fibre and 1.2g salt.