Collection of besan recipes.
What is besan
Besan is a gluten-free flour made with Bengal gram or split brown chickpea (which is called chana dal). It is also known as gram flour and is sometimes referred to as chickpea flour. However, it is very different from chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is made using white chickpea or garbanzo beans (called chana in Hindi). Besan or gram flour is made using brown chickpeas (called Kala chana in Hindi). Kala chana is hulled, split, and ground into a fine powder to make besan. The hulled and split kala chana is called chana dal.
Besan is a staple ingredient in Indian cooking and is used to make both sweet and savoury dishes. It is a common ingredient in making Indian desserts.
Benefits of besan
Besan is a great source of vegetarian and vegan protein. It is also high in dietary fiber, folates, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Besan is gluten-free and can be combined with rice flour to be used as a replacement for plain flour if you are avoiding gluten. It has a low glycemic index and helps control blood sugar levels. Besan is also beneficial for weight management. It is also used to improve skin health.
My collection of besan recipes
Here is a collection of recipes that uses besan as the main or key ingredient. This includes both savoury dishes and desserts.
Besan Ladoo: Besan laddu / ladoo is a very popular Indian sweet dish prepared during festivals and special occasions. Besan laddu is made with three main ingredients – besan (gram flour), ghee, and sugar.
7 Cup Burfi: 7 cup burfi (also called 7 cup cake) is essentially made with seven cups of ingredients and is a simpler version of Mysore Pak. This burfi is easy to make and is perfect for festivals and celebrations.
Besan Burfi: Besan burfi is a delectable sweet treat that is perfect for celebrations like Diwali. It is a common sweet more popular in north India and is made during winter.
Pakoda: Pakoda or pakora or bhajiya is a well-known snack as well as street food that is popular across India. I think if there is one snack that is common across most regions in India despite different cuisines, it is this.
Balekayi Bajji: Raw bananas coated with a batter made of besan (gram flour/chickpea flour) and deep-fried is a great rainy day tea time snack (or any day tea time snack actually).
Baked Sev: Sev is a popular Indian snack that is in the form of crunchy noodles, made with besan (gram flour or chickpea flour). They are usually deep-fried in oil. Baked sev is a healthier version of this snack which is very close to the deep-fried one when it comes to taste and crunch.
Missi Roti: Missi roti is a healthy gram and wheat flour flatbread with flavours of freshly roasted spices. This popular flatbread from the Indian states of Punjab and Rajasthan is an excellent variation for the regular roti/chapati.
Gujarati Kadhi: Gujarati kadhi is a very popular dish from Gujarat, which is made with dahi (or yogurt) and besan (gram flour/chickpea flour). This simple dish is ready in less than 20 minutes and pairs very well with rice and also with khichdi.
Bharwa Bhindi: Bharwa bhindi is an easy side dish where bhindi or okra is stuffed with a besan (gram flour) and spice mixture and is shallow-fried. This vegan dish goes very well with both rice and plain paratha/roti.
Jhunka/Zunka: Jhunka / zunka is a popular side dish famous in north Karnataka and Maharashtra. Traditionally, it is served with bhakri (jowar roti or sorghum flour flatbread). The main ingredient of jhunka is besan, which is also called gram flour.
Mirch Ki Sabzi: Mirch ki sabzi is a dry curry that is made with mildly spiced chilli that can be served with either roti or rice. This is a very simple dish that is ready in less than 15 minutes using besan (gram flour), peanuts, and a handful of spices along with chillies.
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