Besan is also known as gram flour and is made from chickpeas. It is used in a wide variety of ways, especially in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra, not to mention other parts of India. It has been in the preparation of both sweet and savoury dishes. Some of more commonly known Indian besan recipes are gatti sabzi, batata vada, besan kadhi, besan barfi, and so on.
In addition to being a greatly versatile ingredient, besan flour is also used as a way to exfoliate and clean the skin. As a beauty ingredient, it is used in face packs as a way to de-tan, as well as in face and body scrubs in order to slough off dead skin cells and give that glow.
There are also several health benefits from having chickpeas or gram flour. It contains no gluten at all, and is therefore perfect if your body cannot handle gluten. It is also especially healthy for diabetics because of its low glycemic index. Besan also contains nutrients such as vitamins A and K, and is an excellent substitute for eggs because of its high protein content. Other health supplements that you can get from using besan recipes are calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, manganese, selenium, and copper.
If you have never tried besan flour in your food, we are here with preparations that you must try! These ten Indian besan recipes are easy to prepare, do not require too many ingredients, and are super nutritious!
One of the yummiest besan recipes out there is this one, using which you can make besan laddoos!
Take a pan and add the besan flour. Roast this for about ten minutes until you see the colour change and have a brownish tinge
To this roasted besan, add melted ghee and continue to roast the two together for about six minutes. You will know it is ready for the next step from the aroma as well as the ghee separating a little from the besan
Now, remove the pan from the stove and add powdered sugar. Mix well to avoid any lumps
Add raisins or other nuts (optional) and then roll the warm besan mixture into laddoos, enjoy!
Yet another one from the sweet besan recipes, is this preparation of besan barfi.
Grease a pan with ghee or place butter paper on a tray and grease it well with ghee
Melt half a cup of ghee in a kadhai on low flame
To this, slowly add two cups of besan. Do this in such a manner that it mixes evenly and roasts entirely
Continue to stir in the besan until it is all completely mixed and this mixture turns golden in colour. You must stir continuously to prevent lumps and until you can smell the fully roasted besan
Make sugar syrup separately by mixing one cup of powdered sugar in water and keeping it to boil. You should keep it on low flame until it reduces and you get a thin consistency
Add this to the besan mixture and mix well and fast, your entire mixture will now begin to reduce and also become thicker
Pour this onto your pan and spread evenly. You can top this off with chopped nuts and melon seeds!
These besan recipes are only ten of the many recipes out there! Once you start trying these out, you will certainly be tempted to find as many recipes as you can and experiment with all of them. Filled with nutritious goodness and a delight for the palate, every dish is sure to be a treat!