Besan/Gram Flour Recipes

Besan or Gram Flour is a very popular, commonly used ingredient in Indian cooking. It is usually made by grinding Bengal Gram or Chana Daal into a powder and has a lovely nutty flavor. Besan is not just used in savory dishes but also in some famous Indian desserts. Here are some recipes that call for it...

  • 01 of 08


    Adit_w/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    This nutritious snack from Gujarat in Western India is popular all over the country. Serve it with Tamarind and Mint-coriander Chutneys.

  • 02 of 08

    Mirchi Ka Pakoda

    Fresh green chilies from Mir Alam Market in Hyderabad
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    Mirchi Ka Pakoda is a delicious snack for those of you who enjoy the heat of green chilies! Perfect when teamed with a hot cup of Masala Chai on a cold day. Make Mirchi Ka Pakoda with pickling green chilies for extra heat or with the "sweet" banana chilies for a milder taste which is just as enjoyable.

  • 03 of 08

    Besan Ki Roti

    Besan Ki Roti
    By Hartej.hundal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    Besan Ki Roti is a great accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with my step-by-step recipe.

  • 04 of 08

    Pakodi Kadhi

    Pakodi Kadhi
    By Mdsmds0 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    Serve this nutritious dish with piping hot plain boiled rice. Versions of this Kadhi are made in both Northern and Western India. Kadhi can also be made without the Pakodis (fritters).

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  • 05 of 08

    Sindhi Kadhi

    Sindhi Kadhi
    By Miansari66 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

    This tangy curry is traditionally made by the Sindhi community from Northern India. Serve it with a long-grained, fragrant rice like Basmati. Since it's full of vegetables and made with tomatoes and gram flour, it's also nutritious.

  • 06 of 08

    Kurkuri Bhindi

    Crispy Fried Okra
    Diana Rattray

    Eat this crispy okra dish with plain boiled rice and your favorite Daal (lentil dish) and you've got a tasty and nutritious meal.

  • 07 of 08

    Zucchini Ki Bhaji

    Zucchini ki bhaji stir fried zucchini
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    This delicious recipe is courtesy of dear friend Lekha Menon. It's easy to cook and so tasty, and we could eat it all by itself. You, of course, can choose to combine it with hot Chapatis or rice and your favorite Daal!

  • 08 of 08

    Besan Ka Laddoo

    Besan Ka Laddoo
    By Mdsmds0 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    Besan Ka Laddoo is an all-time favorite and made on several special occasions and festivals. The trick to getting this sweet right is in browning the besan perfectly.