The Versatile Gram Flour

The Versatile Gram Flour

Gram flour can be produced in a number of different ways and is a ground pulse flour. The best quality gram flour is produced from channa daal.


Due to its pale-yellow colour and earthy flavour it is used to make many sweet and savoury dishes popular among foodies. The flour is used to make the much-loved crispy coating of deep fried pakoras. It’s also used in gravies or curries and to make boondi which is a famous Indian snack. Soan papdi, besan ladoo and mysore pak are some of the sweets made with gram flour. The flour is also popular in Italian and French cuisines.

Those who are health conscious will be pleased to know that besan flour is naturally gluten free and high in protein, iron and fibre.

Beauty and Skincare

Besan Flour is one of the oldest beauty secrets. It is an excellent exfoliating agent and is used as a face mask to get rid of the unwanted dead cells and grime stuck deep within the pores of the skin. It contains high amounts of saponins which are natural cleansing agents that help deep clean the skin so it is used in India as a natural soap and body cleanser. The flour can also be used to remove unwanted facial hair. Just mix it with fenugreek powder to form a paste and apply it to your face. Once dry, wash it off and your unwanted hair is gone. Its other benefits include reducing the skin’s oiliness, enhancing the hair’s glossiness and reducing acne scarring.

So, make sure your besan flour which is packed with innumerable benefits is safely stored at home. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure it is placed in an airtight container and kept it in a cool place. Also, be careful not to use a wet spoon when taking the flour out as it causes the flour to form lumps.