Gram flour is flour made after grinding dried chickpeas. It is rich in protein and contains high proportion of carbohydrates but doesn’t contain gluten. It has slightly nutty flavor and earthy aroma. Gram flour is also known as chana flour, chickpea flour or Besan. In India it is popular as Besan flour and is used in various Indian recipes like ‘besan ke laddu’, Bhajia, pakode, paraths, Curry etc. Gram flour is also used in making sweat dishes as well as in preparing instant mixes available in market. Chickpea flour, chana or gram flour, besan flour is used commonly throughout India and in parts of the Mediterranean also.
It is also perfect as a thickener in curries and coatings in different kinds of fries. It is a substitute of egg for vegetarian people and it has a high in proteins and can be used instead of egg coatings in various recipes.
Apart from its capacity to make enhanced fried items and delicious recipes, it is also used as a facial mask mixing with milk or yogurt and turmeric and is popular among young women in Asia.
This face mask has proven to be successful as a cleanser and whitening skin. Gram flour is a versatile product and used in many preparations throughout the year. Apart from individual households, there are some wholesale consumers like restaurants, canteens, caterers, clubs etc. who use these products frequently.
As Indians love spicy and sweet recipes and besan is a very important ingredient in these items, thus it enjoys continuous use in Indian kitchens all through the year.