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Besan: The Key Ingredient In Diwali Treats

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
06 October 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.

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Full of quality protein, super-adaptable and very flavourful, besan (or chickpea flour) is the mainstay of practically all Diwali recipes - and with good reason! The recipes are easy and straightforward and completely wholesome. Mithai and snacks made of besan are ever present at every Diwali celebration!

Hailing from our country, besan is a staple in every Indian pantry. Also called gram flour or chickpea flour, it is the proud possessor of large amounts of protein and fibre, making it a nutritional powerhouse. It plays a pivotal role in scores of sweet and savoury dishes. There are hundreds of innovative and creative ways to use besan. We've rounded up 7 most yummy recipes that will impress everyone at the table! What’s more, the gram flour absorbs more water, thereby giving you more volume of batter. Tata Sampann Besan is made from 100% unpolished chana dal and does not contain any other powder or flour.

Besan-based Diwali snacks to gorge on!

With these uncomplicated and truly delicious ideas, you're only a few minutes away from a scrumptious Diwali treat! So, roll up your sleeves, put on your chef’s gear and prepare yourself for some culinary fun!

1. Besan halwa: How to Increase Immune SystemA sweet and gooey dessert – a marquee Diwali sweets delicacy - made from gram flour, sugar and ghee. Ghee and cardamom lend the halwa bags of aroma and flavour. Those who wish to steer clear of sugar can substitute jaggery instead. Besan’s nutty aroma marries very well with the sweetness of the sugar or jaggery to fashion a super delicious, wholesome snack. Garnish the halwa with lots of slivered almonds, cashews and pistachios. What’s more it’s like an energy boost and you'll need only two spoons to feel full.

2. Murukku: Crisp and buttery, besan, butter and spices come together in this yummy, light, crunchy snack! An absolute must-have Diwali snacks item at the dinner table! Half a cup of besan provides 12 grams protein and 10 grams of heart-happy fibre. To keep the murukku healthy, you can bake them instead of deep-frying.

3. Masala vada: When it’s the holiday season and you’re hosting a lot of get-togethers, soirees and parties, how about whipping up a batch of super scrumptious vadas and teaming them with your favourite chutney? All you need to do is get besan, peas, corn, onions, green chillies, spices, oil and salt together and shallow fry these finger licking good vadas! What’s more, if you indulge in 2 to 3 vadas, you don’t need to despair. Gram is really nutritious, proffering protein, fibre, iron and magnesium; while the vegetables give great taste and nutrients too.

5. Mysore paak: Immune Boosting Foods To make this melt-in-your-mouth dessert, you need loads of patience! Gram flour renders some serious health benefits to this mithai –it provides a very wholesome groundwork of protein, fibre, and vitamins, making mysore paak a yummy nutrition power-house! An outright soul-warming snack. Many similar versions of the mysore paak are made throughout the country but all of them manage to be unique. In Gujarat, Mohanthal is a must during Diwali celebrations while besan ladoo is an ever favourite in Maharashtrian households. The ingredients remain the same but outcomes are vastly different.

6. Sev: The perfect tea time snack, this mass of yellow squiggles makes it super fun for kids as well as adults! This 3 ingredient recipe is really popular and loved by all and supremely easy to make. Protein-rich, plenty of fibre, made with very few ingredients and a cinch to cook-up - what else could you ask for?

According to Ayurveda, the season’s increase in pitta during this time of the year results in better digestion and increased hunger. Fried Diwali snacks made from various flours including besan and sweets with ghee which are higher in fat consumed this time of the year to balance the increased Pitta. An occasional indulgence, backed by Ayurveda, can be a good idea at this time of year.

In spite of the fact that there are a ton of Diwali mithai and snacks in the market, absolutely nothing can take the place of fresh nibbles made in your own kitchen. Most of us do not have the time and/or the inclination to worry over elaborate recipes. Use these couple of easy-to-make snacks and exercise your inner master chef. What’s more, your nutrition intake will sky-rockets, your gastronomic skills will improve and you’ll have delectable munchies all through Diwali!



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