10 Best Besan Recipes -

Let's talk about a common ingredient whose versatility ranges from the cooking arena to the world of beauty and skincare. It sits humbly, stacked in the kitchen cabinets across the country and participates in creating some of the most loved and widely popular dishes.Whether whipping up a quick batter for those crispy fried pakoras, making rich curries or panning out a wholesome chilla, there are ample ways in which you can use it.

Besan or gram flour, also known as chickpea flour, is obtained from chickpea or Bengal gram and easily available in the markets. In the north, veggies are dipped in its batter and fried until golden brown; the Rajasthanis use it to make gatta curry, which is gram flour dumplings cooked in a yogurt-based gravy; Gujarat boasts of making khandavi, besan kadhi and the like; and Maharashtra is famous for batata vada. Besan is also a common ingredient used in making Indian street food and sweets - halwa, laddoo, barfi,etc.

Other than cooking, it is considered to be a perfect fix for your beauty woes. Popularly used in face packs to eliminate skin tanning and achieve a healthy and blemish-free skin, it is also good as body and facial scrubs for exfoliating purposes.

Tip: Besan can be mixed with a variety of ingredients to make face packs. Adding ingredients according to your skin type and using the paste on the skin can result in clear, acne-free, smooth and glowing skin. Some of the ingredients that go well with besan include honey, milk, curd, masoor dal, turmeric and lemon juice.

Including besan in your regular diet can also prove beneficial for health. Take a look at the nutritional profile of gram flour and how it can aid in maintaining good health.

- It is gluten-free therefore makes for a great option for gluten intolerance.

- It is enriched with essential nutrients like Vitamin A and K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, manganese, selenium and copper.

- It is a great source of protein for vegetarians and serves as a viable alternative to eggs.

- With a low glycemic index, besan helps in maintaining blood sugar levels.

- It also makes one feel fuller for longer, thus, keeps a check on repeated and frequent eating.

After giving you a compete lowdown on besan, it is about time we walked you through the range of exciting Indian delicacies that you can cook in your kitchen. Here are our best recipes -

Kaju Kothimbir Vadi

Recipe by Chef Vikas Khanna

This is how Maharashtrian like their tea-time. Vadis are infused with the goodness of cashews, spices, herbs and shallow fried.

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Zunka Bhakri

Recipe by Chef Deshmukh-ji, Shabri Restaurant, Hotel Parichey, Pune

Zunka Bhakri is traditionally made with chickpeas or besan paste which is further cooked with onions, curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste, cumin and mustard seeds. Rich and aromatic, best served with bajra or jowar rotis.
 

Besan Khandvi

Recipe by Aadhar Restaurant, Ahmedabad

One of the most loved Gujarati delicacies of all time. All it takes is thirty minutes and a few basic ingredients.

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Bhunne Besan Ka Murgh Tikka

Recipe by Chef Meraj Ul Haque

Juicy chicken pieces and marinatewd in a spicy blend of besan, spices, cheese and yogurt and grilled to perfection.
 

Gatte Ki Sabzi

Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

Straight from the local kitchens of Rajasthan comes this delightful vegetarian preparation. Gattas made from besan are cooked and simmered in a mouthwatering gravy

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Paneer Besan Chilla with Garlic Pickle and Khuska Rice

Recipe by Madhumita Mohante

Here's one of the best ways to start your day. A heartwarming blend of paneer and besan go into making this hearty Indian pancake.

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Amras ki Kadhi


Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

A quick and easy way to cook some Rajputana food. Chef Aditya Bal makes use of mangoes to arrive at this tangy preparation.

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Besani Mirch

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

A quick fix for those lazy, laid back evenings. Green chillies are stuffed with an aromatic and delicious mixture of besan and spices. Fry these and serve hot with mint or coriander chutney.
 

Besan ke Ladoo

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Can we ever imagine any celebration or festivities devoid of these sweet delight? Chef Niru Gupta takes us through a few quick and easy steps to create these to perfection.

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Steamed Dhokla

Recipe by Aditya Bal & Devanshi

Here's the healthier version of the classic, well-loved  dhokla. These soft, spongy delights shouldn't be missed.

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