Different  Avatars Of Besan In Indian Homes
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
23 March 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Whether it is as a mouth-watering halwa or a crispy pakoda or wholesome chillas, besan is an extremely popular and versatile ingredient which is used extensively in a multitude of recipes. Besan is made from chana dal or Bengal gram or sometimes with chickpeas. Besan is a staple in practically every Indian household and it is a part of some of our widely popular dishes.

Let’s explore the incredible besan (chana dal flour) benefits for culinary purposes as well as for aesthetic advantages.

Pakoda using besan

5 Delectable Savoury Dishes That Use Besan

  • Pakodas: Besan works fantastically for vegetable fritters or pakodas. In fact, it’s the perfect coating for deep fried fritters. Using Tata Sampann low-oil absorb Pakoda Mix, you can make healthier and tastier pakodas.
  • Besan chillas: Chillas, an Indian version of crêpes, (or a North Indian version of the Dosa) are another fabulous delicacy. It is a savoury crepe is made with besan, ajwain, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and chillies. It is simple and effortless to make along with being yummy and nutritious.
  • Besan Dumplings : Gatte Ki Sabzi i.e. besan dumplings cooked in a yogurt-based curry is a delicious Rajasthani dish which is made using besan as the main ingredient. Both the curry and gatte (dumplings) have besan as an ingredient.
  • Kothimbir vadi: This Maharashtrian speciality has fresh coriander and besan along with many spices in its ingredients list. These vadis are steamed and then shallow or deep fried for a crispy texture.
  • Khandvi: A Gujarati speciality, this one is a wonderful blend of spicy, sweet and tangy flavours. Gram flour, yogurt and spices come together beautifully within minutes. This snack pairs perfectly with green chutney.
Besan Halwa

3 Cannot-Stop-Eating Besan Mithai!

  • Besan laddoo: An all-time favourite, Besan laddoo comprises of gram flour, oodles of ghee and sugar. Dominating all our festivals and celebrations, this mithai is simply divine!
  • Mysore pak: Besan is sautéed with ghee and sugar along with a generous amount of cardamom. This easy and fuss-free South Indian recipe can be made quickly, using very few ingredients.
  • Besan halwa: A decidedly popular Punjabi delicacy, it is easy to make and is ideal for breakfast as well as desserts.

The remarkable health benefits of besan

  • A nutrient powerhouse: Chana dal has high amounts of protein, vitamin as B1, B2, and B3.
  • Manage diabetes: Chana dal has a low glycaemic index. The fibre in it slows down the absorption of blood sugar. These factors ensure that the blood sugar level does not oscillate.
  • Facilitate weight loss: Chana dal keeps you feeling fuller for longer. It also helps reduce body fat, thereby, helping in weight loss.
  • Boosts heart health: The fibre in chana dal also helps control cholesterol levels. The potassium and folate in besan also promote heart health.

To get these benefits, ensure that you opt for Tata Sampann Besan or Tata Sampann Fine Besan. Both variants of besan are made from 100% unpolished Chana Dal. Regular Besan is ideal for preparations such as gatte ki sabzi, pakodas and besan ladoos. While fine Besan is suitable for making dhoklas, kadhi, fafda and sev and other snacks.


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