Sometimes your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied ASAP – and if you want to eat something homemade, you’re hardly going to wait for an entire cake to bake.

That’s where Chetna Makan’s recipe for gram flour sweets comes in: sugary, buttery, spiced with cardamom and spiked with almonds, it will satisfy all your cravings – and be ready to eat within half an hour.

Gram flour sweets
(Nassima Rothacker/PA)
Gram flour sweets
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Nutrition Facts
Gram flour sweets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gram flour sweets

Easy to make Indian snacks
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 10
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Chetna Makan


  • 20cm square cake tin
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl


  • 100 g ghee, plus exra for greasing
  • 170 g gram flour (besan/chickpea flour)
  • 60 g icing sugar
  • 20 g ground almonds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamon
  • 10 g toasted flaked almonds


  • Heat the ghee in a pan. Once it has melted, add the gram flour and cook over a low heat for eight minutes, stirring often, until it starts to change colour and smell toasted. The mixture will start off clumpy but will gradually bubble and become smooth and creamy.
  • Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool for five minutes.
  • Meanwhile, grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
  • Mix the icing sugar, ground almonds and cardamom together in a bowl, then add the toasted gram flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined tin, then spread it out and level the surface with a spatula. Sprinkle the toasted flaked almonds on top and let it cool in the refrigerator for five to 10 minutes until firm.
  • Cut it into small squares and serve. These sweets will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Let them sit at room temperature for an hour before serving.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg


Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian by Chetna Makan, photography by Nassima Rothacker, is published by Mitchell Beazley.

Chetna's 30-minute Indian: Quick and easy everyday meals
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  • English (Publication Language)

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