Sunday, May 9, 2010

Besan ka halwa..Mom's recipe for Mother's Day.


First of all let me just give a nice pat on the back of all the mothers and mothers to be out there! The world would never be the same without you. Now being a mother myself I know what a difficult yet satisfying job it is to make a 'human being' and the credit has to go to our babies who bring out the superwoman in us. Today is the day to celebrate our awesomeness, so a Very Happy Mother's Day to all of us!


This being my first Mother's Day today I wanted to do something special with my daughter. I wanted to make something that my 8 month old could eat. I also had fond memories of my mom cooking for me. So I put those two thoughts together and decided to make ...
Besan ka halwa!


With my mom it was never about fancy food or use of those rare or exclusive ingredients. She would use all the basic ingredients that you can find in the pantry anyday of the week and make something special out of it. Besan ka halwa was one of those things. I made a few modifications to my mom's original recipe so that my 8 month old could enjoy it with mommy but here I'm sharing the recipe just as my mom would have made.


1 cup besan (gram flour)
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup nuts for garnish (here I used almond, pistachios and cashews)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder 
1 cup water


Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan I used karahi which is an Indian wok. Add besan to it and fry it until it starts changing color. When besan has turned light golden brown in color then you know its time to add water. Add water slowly and keep stirring the besan thoroughly so that it doesn't form lumps. Now add sugar and cardamom powder and blend it all together and stir until the water is fully absorbed.
Garnish it with the nuts. Serve hot.



  1. BEAUTIFUL!BEAUTIFUL!! I love all your pics,esp with your baby playing with besan!

  2. photo with your daughter is so adorable :)

  3. Aww! Thanks a lot Ria and M.

  4. Oh, happy first mother's day! I hope you enjoyed it and was made to feel warm inside by everyone around you. Your recipe looks good! Do you have a recipe for gulab jamun?

  5. Sarah you're sweet!
    Yes I do have my mom's recipe for Gulab Jamun. Will definitely post it soon.

  6. All your photos are exquisite, but I especially love the second one - who can resist tiny feet?

  7. this is great & the easiest recipe....

  8. Cute little baby with those beautiful little hands and the bangle. I was looking at the pic over and over again. My daughter has grown big and this pic reminds me of her as a baby....I have to admit that I am falling in love with your beautiful beautiful clicks.

  9. This is so easy ...m going to try it today:)

  10. I made it jus now but it i think i dint give it enuff time to cook in 1st step:(....though it looks yummy;)

  11. So simple. And looks delicious.
    Will try it out today :D

  12. So simple. And looks delicious.
    Will try it out today :D
    Lots of love from Pakistan!

  13. Is this dish good for 8 month baby?

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