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How to Make Besan Wala Naan/Batter Fried Naan.
What is Besan?
The title might have left your mind wondering what is Besan as some people are not familiar with the term Besan which is the same as Gram flour or Chickpea Flour; The flour produces by milling whole chickpeaas or Garbanzo beans. If you have gone through my other recipes you must be aware about my obsessesion with Besan, Gram flour or chickpea flour. The reason of my innate love for Besan flour is that I grew up in a culture where Besan four is a favorite and is widely used in a variety of dishes.This amazing flour has so many benefits and has lesser calories and less grams per Fat in each cup. Check out the following table to learn more about this awesome flour.
1 Tablespoon of Besan flour = 22 Calories
Caloric Comparison of Chickpea flour with other Flours
1 cup of Flours
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Besan flour is Gluten Free
Besan flour is derived from whole chick peas or garbanzo beans or split chickpeas which is also called grams. While reading about chickpea flour it revealed to me that this is also Gluten free by nature Which makes it a perfect flour for people with gluten intolerance.
Some studies show that Besan is also proved helpful in lowering the blood sugar in individuals. Probably that is the reason in Pakistan and India people with diabetes are suggested to consume gram flour and even make their bread / chapati with it to help maintain their blood sugar levels to normal.
Check out the following article about Besan/ gram flour.
- Benefits of Gram Flour aka Chickpeaflour - Pakistani and Indian Food Recipes
There are many amazing health benefits of this naturally gluten free flour that is widely used in South Asian cuisine. Let us talk about few of the benefits of chickpea flour also known as Besan flour.
- 2 Naan bread, Left overs or frozen cut them in pieces with a knife.
- 1 cup Besan Flour, Same as chickpea flour or gram flour
- A Pinch Carom seeds, Aka ajwain
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Red chilli flakes
- 1/4 tsp Chaat masala, Optional
- 1/4 tsp Cumin and coriander powder, Optional
- 1/4 tsp Fenugreek leaves dried, Or methi leaves ( optional).
- Oil For frying
Let Us Make Besan Wala Naan / Batter Fried Naan
- Cut the pieces in halves or if naan is round shaped then four pieces will look good. Sometimes naan comes in oval or triangle shape so use your imagination to cut naan into presentable pieces. I sometimes use left over Naans or frozen ones right out of the freezer.
- Put the pieces of naan on a side and take a mixing bowl. Add besan flour and add about 3/4 cup of water and mix if need more water then add some more but do not make the mixture too runny. Use whisk to mix the besan flour and all the spices including salt.
- Heat oil in a wok , kadahi ( I use a heavy bottom kadahi for deep frying ) or deep pan and turn the heat to medium when it reaches the appropriate temperature for frying.
- Now coat the pieces of naan into the batter and drop one by one in the oil and let cook for one minute on each side. Make sure the pieces of naan are light brown and crispy before taking out. Naan cooks fast so make sure not to make it too crispy. Just cook it on medium flame for about two minutes; one minute on each side and it should be done nicely.
- Use a slotted spoon/ spatula to take out the pieces of naan and place them on a dish lined with paper towel.
- Serve with chutney or hot sauce as an appetizer or give in lunch boxes.
- Do not use olive oil for deep frying. Canola or vegetable oils works the best for that purpose.
- Besan flour has the tendency to make lumps while making batter with besan flour make sure all lumps are dissolved by either sifting the flour first or beating very well with whisk.
- Do not cook naan for too long As it can make naan chewy and hard.
This Besan flour is the best one and is much cheaper on Amazon.
Nutrition Facts for Besan (Chickpea Flour).
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||54|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 6 g||9%|
|Carbohydrates 53 g||18%|
|Sugar 10 g|
|Fiber 10 g||40%|
|Protein 20 g||40%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 58 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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