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Last Updated : Jul 21,2018




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# 106
18 Jul 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Kadhi is a traditional gujarati preparation of a wonderful sweet and spicy curd mixture thickened with gram flour, which can be enhanced in many ways using other ingredients like pakoras and koftas. Remember never to boil the kadhi on a high flame as it tends to curdle. Gujarati kadhi goes very well ....
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Recipe# 42079
20 Jul 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
This is an interesting pakoda that combines the vibrant colour of spinach and the exciting crunch of onions with a dash of spice powders for flavour. We have combined the right amounts of besan and rice flour to give the Palak Pakora an awesome crunch. A must-try recipe, the Palak Pakora will ad ....
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Recipe# 3862
17 Jul 18
 by Tarla Dalal
A perfect kachori is one that is puffed up and flaky outside but hollow inside as the filling sticks to the crust. Here is how to make such an ideal kachori, right in your own kitchen. With a flavourful moong dal mixture as filling, this kachori is deep-fried patiently on a slow flame to achieve tha ....
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Recipe# 41971
16 Jul 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Ribbon sev, made of rice flour and besan is one of the most popular jar snacks in South India. We bring you this famous snack, albeit in a healthier form. Made from a dough of besan and whole wheat flour spruced up with a dash of spices, this Baked Ribbon Sev is so healthy and equally tasty! You ....
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Recipe# 2047
16 Jul 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
Mohanthal is a traditional mithai with the rich flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture of ghee-roasted besan. Rose water and spices like cardamom and saffron give the sweet an enticing flavour and captivating aroma, while an assortment of slivered nuts makes the sweet richer. Popular in Rajasthan and ....
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Recipe# 2752
16 Jul 18
 by Tarla Dalal
A perfect blend of flours, with grated bottle gourd and spices, makes the Doodhi Muthias absolutely delightful to bite into, while cooking them in a Microwave oven makes it a really quick and convenient dish to prepare. Top the Doodhi Muthias w ....
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Recipe# 3636
19 Jul 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 Rajast ....
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Recipe# 42128
07 Jul 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
Richness personified yet unbelievably easy to make, the Besan Barfi is an Indian sweet that even beginners can make very quickly. The secret of this recipe’s success lies in the proportions of ingredients and the smart methods of cooking them. The use of besan ....
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Recipe# 4342
04 Jul 18
 by Tarla Dalal
The perfect dish to serve for a Holiday lunch. Fenugreek dumplings are deep fried and dunked for a few seconds in milk and then immersed in the curd kadhi. This process of soaking the fenugreek dumplings in milk makes them softer and more succulent and reduces the sharpness of the curd based kadhi.
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Recipe# 35023
30 Jun 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Let’s give a healthy twist to the evergreen Aloo Tikki! Using sprouted moong increases the nutrient-value by at least 15 per cent, while coriander and mint give an aromatic spin to the tale. Serve these fibre-rich Sprouts Tikkis hot and crisp, as soon as you prepare them. Serve with
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Recipe# 3568
26 Jun 18
 by Tarla Dalal
Here's a great way to enjoy a Rajasthani delicacy that is simply sumptuous and low in calories. Choose young and tender bhindis for this recipe that will cook quickly. Above all, the rich and fascinating aroma is so tempting that you won't feel that you're eating low calorie food.
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Recipe# 557
17 Jul 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
Khandvi is a popular snack amongst Gujaratis, especially the kids! Nobody can hide their love for this delicious savoury made of gram flour and curds, tempered with mustard seeds. At the same time, none can deny that it is a difficult item to prepare! Be patient, and remember to cook the paste s ....
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Recipe# 1991
25 Jun 18
 by Tarla Dalal
This sticky, sugary, spice-tinged mithai is an all-time favourite in West and North India. It is so popular that for many, by default dessert means Jalebi! Deep-fried in ghee and resplendent with the goodness of saffron and cardamom, Jalebi is as rich as a
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Recipe# 42631
20 Jun 18
 
by Tarla Dalal
Here’s the cheese lover’s version of the ever-popular vada pav. The cheesy surprise at the core of the spicy potato vada and the use of mayonnaise along with the chutney make this recipe quite different from the classic vada pav. Make sure you assemble the Cheese Stuf ....
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