Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Besan/gram flour

Bonda, bajji, chakli, pakoda, dahin ni kadi, kadi pakore, jhunka, bhujia, dhokla.....mmmm . What is common in all these? Yes it is gram flour or besan a very important base ingredient in Indian cooking.
 Besan can be used as a thickening agent when curries or dals get too watery.
  Channa dal is saied to be very good for the brain and used in preparation of prashhaad for Ma Saraswati Puja.
  Besan can be used to prepare snacks like bhujia, chakli, pakoda, gathiya etc
while you can also prepare breakfasts such as dhokla
It can also be used to prepare accompaniments such as kadi, gatta and jhunka.
Which ingredient is so versatile where it can be a snack, a nutritious breakfast and also a roti/rice accompaniment?

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