Magaj for Diabetics (A Chick pea flour 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

Method:

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.

  • Anonymous

    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!!

  • looks yummy deliciously done

  • wonderful recipe..love it!!
    Spicy-Aroma

  • Very interesting 🙂

  • Wow magaj looks absolutely delicious..

  • Wow..that’s an really very interesting recipe….looks yum…

  • 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.

  • this is my fav sweet. looks awesome

  • wow…
    looks delicious and very tempting 🙂

  • 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 ?

  • Jay

    omy goodness..! how delicious does that look…love it..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • ab main apne huby k liye bana sakti hun.

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