Monday, 7 May 2012

Magaj for Diabetics (A Chick pea flour Indian sweet suitable for diabetics)

Magaj is a popular Gujarati sweet usually made during the Diwali celebrations.  I have been thinking about making some sweets which could be sitable for diabetics but have refrained from trying them out as a lot of Indian sweets require you to make a sugar syrup.  Magaj is one sweet where you can add sugar at the end of the cooking so I decided to experiment and make a small batch.  I would say - they turned out OK....may be 9 marks out of 10.... Now this is one sweet a diabetic can enjoy.

Ingredients for 10 magaj:

2 cups of chick pea flour (also called gram flour or besan)
1 heaped cup of Sugar substitute (I used Splenda)
3/4 cup of ground almonds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 cups of ghee (clarified butter)
1 teaspoon of ground cardomon (Elchi)
1/2 cup milk


1. Sieve the chick pea flour through a fine sieve

2. Take a 1/4 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of ghee and add it to the chick pea flour.  Using a spoon mix this up.

3.  Cover this mixture and leave it for half and hour.

4.  Stir this mixture and sieve through a large holed sieve.  This gives the flour a nice grainy feel.

5.  Once sieved -add one and a quarter cups ghee to the flour and cook it slowly on medium heat.

6.   Continue to stir the mixture until it gets to a golden brown colour.  This could take 15-20 minutes.

7.  Once it starts to bubble slightly, add the ground almonds and cardomon powder.

8.  Continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.

9.  Once it gets a brown- take it off the heat and add the heaped cup of sugar substitute. ( I used Splenda)

10.  Mix everything well and allow to cool

11. When the mixture is cool enough to handle - shape them into small round flat bottomed sweets. Sprinkle some sliced almonds on to the magaj.

Note: when using a sugar substitute -the mixture may be a little dry and not bind together.  If that happens, add a couple of tablespoons of milk or ghee to the mixture to enable you to make the magaj ladoos.

Note:  If you wish to use sugar - You may need three quarter cup of sugar (or one cup if you have a sweet tooth) which  I suggest that you grind  before adding the mixture.

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  1. Chef Mina ji,

    Thanks for so many good diabetic recipes. My parents are now both diabetic, so we have all become more conscious about eating less carbohydrates & especially sugar/sweets. I would love more diabetic recipes!!

  2. Wow magaj looks absolutely delicious..

  3. Wow..that's an really very interesting recipe....looks yum...

  4. Thanks Minaben, I could use sugar replacement as Organic Agave and make this. We are not diabetic but prevention is any day better.
    Love Ash.

  5. this is my fav sweet. looks awesome

  6. wow...
    looks delicious and very tempting :)

  7. This is a lovely recipe and I love the diabetic version perfect for my mil. But can I use same quantity of normal granulated sugar ?

  8. omy goodness..! how delicious does that it..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Magaj is wonderful, haven't had any for almost two years, since I was in Folsom, California. I didn't realise how easy it is to make - even I could do this!

    Beautifully presented, Mina.

  10. Magaj is wonderful, haven't had any for almost two years, since I was in Folsom, California. I didn't realise how easy it is to make - even I could do this!

    Beautifully presented, Mina.

  11. Woww.. looks super delicious and perfect.. awesome pictures too.. gr8 job !!
    Indian Cuisine

  12. ab main apne huby k liye bana sakti hun.


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