Be it the aroma of sizzling pakodas in hot oil or the mouth-watering scent of besan roasting for ladoos, gram flour is an ingredient that makes every dish irresistible. Besan’s versatility means that it can be used in all sorts of dishes irrespective of their savoury or sweet nature. From adding a richer texture to gravies to being the star ingredient of the entire dish, gram flour plays many roles in the Indian kitchen.
Many quintessential Indian recipes use besan as a key ingredient to make signature dishes that are famous all over the world. Take a look at some authentic Indian recipes that turn the spotlight on this humble ingredient.
Gatte ki Sabzi
If you’ve ever travelled to Rajasthan, chances are trying out this delicious dish was on your to-do list. As the star of Rajasthani cuisine, Gatte ki Sabzi is a blend of everything that makes this cuisine delectable and alluring. Gatte, in this sabzi, are besan dumplings that are steamed and added to a curd based curry. The touch of spices in the dumplings along with various spices and condiments in the gravy, blend together to create an irresistible sabzi that pairs well with roti or rice.
Zunka is one part of the famous duo, Zunka and Bhakri. This quintessential Marathi dish is well-known throughout the world. Zunka is a dry sabzi made by combining ingredients such as onions, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and spices with besan. This dish is often served with a spicy chutney made of green chilies known as thecha. A dollop of ghee on the bhakri while having Zunka is a must to enjoy this spicy dish.
This easy dessert is believed to have originated in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace. Mysore Pak combines simple ingredients like sugar, ghee, and besan to form a sweet that is exquisite. While it is traditionally made during Diwali, this easy-to-cook dessert can be made anytime as its ingredients are easily available and it can be made quickly. To make Mysore Pak healthier you can replace the sugar with sweeteners or stevia.
All northern states of India have their own version of the curd based kadhi. Some leaning towards the sweet side and some completely savoury. Punjabi Kadhi is a savoury, thick, and creamy kadhi made by combining full-fat curd with besan. It is topped with pakodas ,which are also made with besan and thinly chopped onions. With the right dash of spices to the kadhi and pakodas, this dish is a simple yet spicy and scrumptious addition to a special meal.
With besan on your kitchen shelf, you can try out these and many more exciting recipes. Try Tata Sampann Besan to make your dishes healthier. Pure, with all its natural goodness intact, this besan, made of unpolished chana dal, is sure to increase the taste quotient of your preparations.
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