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Last Updated : May 23,2018




Veg recipes using Besan

In case of Indian cuisine, besan should be called all-purpose flour instead of Maida!

Besan or gram flour is a pale yellow colored, nutty flavored flour made by grinding Chana dal (Bengal gram). The Chana dal can be either raw or roasted, when roasted it has a stronger flavor which is better than the raw bitter flour. Besan is high in protein content, gluten-free and rich in other nutrients like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. Owing anti-microbial properties, besan is mixed with different ingredients to create a home-made pack that acts as a cleanser in exfoliating all types of skin.

You can make besan flour at home by grinding (preferably roasted) Bengal gram in a food processor until the mixture becomes a fine powder. You can store this flour in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to six months or in the freezer for up to twelve months.

Other than pakora, besan is used exclusively as the main ingredient in a variety of dishes. It can be used as a thickener in gravies, as a batter for frying, binding agent in kebab/patty, egg replacer.

Besan as a Binding agent

Chickpea flour is very absorbent and can be used as a binding agent while making varieties of appetizers (be it kebab/tikka/patty). Give a healthy twist to the very famous aloo tikki? Make these sprouts tikki for starter or evening snacks. How about marinating some cottage cheese with curd and dry spices? Relish hot paneer tikka with mint chutney! Also, you can deep fry some crumbly, melt-in the mouth Paneer cheese balls  or cocktail-sized vegetable kebab for your next party! 

Besan as an egg replacer

Escalate your energy levels at the start of the day with these light on tummy, easy to make besan chilla. These protein packed, low in calories chilla is surely going to lead you to a beautiful day. Try making Lauki chilla which are packed with succulence of bottle gourd, tanginess of curd and the warmth of chilli powder. If you don't like lauki then flip some tomato omelette

Besan as thickening agent

Be it the sweet Gujarati Kadhi, Rajasthani Pakoda kadhi or the Punjabi kadhi, besan forms an integral part in these dishes. 

Besan as the main ingredient 

From Gujarat's authentic snack Khandvi , Rajasthani  gravy gatte ki subzi, Maharashtra's batata vada to a number of famous Indian sweets like barfi, laddoo , gujiya and sheera, besan plays a vital role in creating them. It is also used to make an array of dry snacks like the South India's ribbon sev, Gujarat's fafda, chakli or fried masala peanut

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Recipe# 41058
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 by Tarla Dalal
Ribbon Sev, also known as Ribbon Pakoda, Ola Pakoda or Ottu Pakoda in South India is a broad, ribbon-shaped sev that is super crisp because of the perfect proportioning of rice flour, besan and butter. The dough for this deep-fried snack is flavoured aptly with chilli powder and asafoetida, which gi ....
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Recipe# 2970
19 Mar 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Curds are a very good source of calcium and are also very easy to digest. Pulses along with curds improve the protein and calcium content of this recipe. Fibre and iron are also well represented. Your energy requirements are high during the second trimester and this recipe provides sufficient energy ....
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Recipe# 38998
21 May 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
These instant pancakes require no advance preparations. Just whip them up in time for a quick breakfast or tuck them into your child’s tiffin box. Besan and potatoes act as binding agents and ensure the pancakes are of the right texture.
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Recipe# 32950
16 Apr 18
 by Tarla Dalal
The focus of this authentic tandoori preparation is the marinade, so pay due attention to it. Worry not if you do not have a tandoor or grill; simply cook the tikkas on a greased tava!
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Recipe# 42560
21 May 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
Melt-in-the-mouth cubes of paneer are enrobed in a tongue-tickling batter and deep-fried to make this Malwani Style Paneer Pakoda. What makes it different from regular pakodas is the richness of flavour. Not only ....
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Recipe# 33269
02 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Khaman dhokla, a famous snack sold in every street of Gujarat, it is no longer restricted to that region -- it is readily available in every part of the country. People love these yummy dhoklas as a breakfast, snack or as a farsan (savoury accompaniment) in the lunch or dinner menu. We made it ....
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Recipe# 2753
16 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
The Khaman Dhokla is an all-time favourite Gujarati snack that is served with peppy green chutney at tea time. It has an exquisite texture and appetizing flavour, but is surprisingly easy to make, especially this version that is made in the
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Recipe# 570
23 Mar 16
 
by Tarla Dalal
Batata vada is another gujarati dish that has broken all geographical and cultural barriers to become world-famous! nothing but crisp potato fritters encased in a gram flour batter, these are enjoyed occasionally by all… while some even go a step ahead and make it a part of their weekly or even dail ....
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Recipe# 42580
16 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
A droolworthy snack that’s absolutely easy to make, the Masala Sweet Corn Vada is just perfect to have with a cup of tea on a rainy day. It has a very unique taste and exciting mouth-feel, thanks to the combination of crushed corn with onions, capsicum and garlic paste. A touch of chaat masa ....
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Recipe# 38746
16 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Made with ingredients found in most kitchens, this excellent low calorie breakfast choice is a combination of five nutritious flours that provide iron, protein, fibre and vitamin b3
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Recipe# 619
23 Nov 14
 
by Tarla Dalal
Mixed kathol features a wonderful combo of pulses cooked and presented the gujarati way. Kathol is part of the ‘jaman’ served during the festive seasons, but it is also made regularly in gujarati households throughout the year.
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Recipe# 4893
14 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Crisp and spicy Besan Masala Peanuts are very popular all over India. They are flavoured in different ways – in the North, they are made with a slightly tangy flavour, while in the South it is more of spice than tang, but irrespective of the seasoning, the snack itself is very famous and much-loved ....
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Recipe# 38989
09 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Don’t let the colour of ragi flour put you off, because this sumptuous Mini Nachni Pancake is a winner in all other aspects, including flavour, aroma and nutrition! Loaded with iron and calcium, these toothsome pancakes will help start your day on an energetic and exciting note. Remember however tha ....
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Recipe# 3636
08 May 18
 by Tarla Dalal
These kachoris probably originated in Jodhpur but are today popular throughout Rajasthan. Very few households actually prepare these crisp, flaky deep-fried kachoris stuffed with an onion filling. Steaming hot Pyaaz ki Kachoris or Aloo Pyaaz ki Kachoris are sold at most 'namkeen' shops in Rajasthan. ....
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