The food world is changing at an alarming rate…new trends are constantly being introduced and with so much emphasis being placed on ‘painting a picture’ on a plate, we lose the plot. I have a different approach to food and opt to keep it traditional especially with recipes like this Chana Magaj…’Why change it?’ It’s delicious, flop proof and a hit with my friends and family!
I remember paying an absolute bomb for a tray of ‘Chana Magaj’ many moons ago…much to my horror, when I sliced it, it simply crumbled. I was completely dismayed and cross (I will use a more acceptable word). I looked at the crumbled mess and tried to massage it back into a block! I eventually melted a large chunk of butter and mixed it into the chana crumble….it worked like a charm. The moral of the story is don’t scrimp on the butter!!!!
The ‘Devil is in the Detail’…As with most traditional recipes, patience is the secret ingredient. Put on some music and pour yourself a glass of wine while you are stirring the chickpea flour….taking your time makes all the difference. Use a 30cm AMC pot for cooking the chickpea flour…I know I do go on about it but ‘like seriously’…you can’t use a flimsy thin based pot for this! I get my daughters, Hetal and Tanvi, to take turns with cooking the chickpea flour. Every now and then, they bill me for their work and they do a fabulous job!
Chana Magaj keeps for ages in the refrigerator…so keep a few blocks away for ’emergencies’. I confess, I have lots of ’emergencies’ especially when I know these treats are resting in my refrigerator.
Pecan Chana Magaj
500g chickpea flour
100ml milk, boiled
500g butter ghee
5ml ground cardamom
375g icing Sugar, sifted
100g pecan nuts
Place the chickpea flour and hot milk in a mixing bowl.
Rub the milk into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Leave the mixture to dry for an hour and then break down the large lumps using your fingertips.
Melt the butter ghee in an AMC pot on a low heat and then add the chickpea flour.
Continue stirring until the chickpea flour turns deep golden brown in colour – about an hour.
Leave aside to cool.
Grease a 25 x 25cm baking tray and line with plastic wrap.
Fold the wrap over the sides of the tray.
Stir in the ground cardamom, sifted icing sugar and full cream milk powder into the cooked mixture.
Work the icing sugar and milk powder into the chickpea flour using your fingertips.
Press the mixture into the baking tray – if the mixture is too dry, add a little melted butter.
Garnish with pecan nuts and leave aside to set.
Slice into blocks and lift the plastic wrap to loosen from the tray.
A favourite of mine. No time to make sweetmeats this year tho
Oh no….hopefully you get some lovely diwali parcels then…is it because you are busy or arent you celebrating??
I want to if there is a difference between the gram flour and chic pea flour?, the recipe I have is the same as yours except mine says gram flour. Will it taste different?
Sorry I meant to say I want to know…
Chickpea flour is also know as gram flour or chana flour. Please check with your local store to make sure that you have this is correct. Happy cooking!
Hi please send me your chocolate cake recipes. I have made it before came out perfect all my receips destroyed so sad. It’s the one where you blend Butter sugar until it’s like sand and add all ingredients to the mixer thanks a mil
Hi there! Take a look at this one…https://yudhikayumyum.com/2013/01/24/chocolatey-chocolate-cupcakes-parental-guidance-advised/
Sorry to hear about your recipes…i lost one of my old notebooks and I am still so devastated!
Thank you so much . You’re the best what ever will I do without you. Have a blessed diwali .Take care.
Oh wow…thanks so much for that…..hope you also have a super blessed diwali!
I didn’t cook it long enough, only when I tasted it I suspected so
Then reading recipes on the Web I see the chana magaj mixture must be stirred for an hour!
Now I’ve Already added milk powder and icing sugar, can I put it back on the stove???
Hi there, You cant put it back on the stove because the sugar will cook and caramelize turning it into fudge. how long did you cook it for?
Hi yudhika. Just made these for eid!! (Well, will see if they last until tomorrow. Everyone’s been nibbling!)
Followed your recipe exactly but mines really crumbly so when I cut into squares i lose a lot of it. Also it cracked when I lifted it out of the tin. Any tips for next time.
Thanks for writing in….and for trying the recipe…just melt about 60g butter and crumble the mixture again…mix and pat down. Add a little more butter if necessary but melt it first. Hope that helps!