Make it a part of your regular diet in the form of Chilla, Halwa, mixed in Wheat Flour for daily roti or kadhi. This flour is highly nutritious and has many health benefits. The high folate content is especially good for pregnant women.
Gram Flour is flour made out of desi chana (black chickpeas). It contains high carbohydrates and fibre but no gluten. Therefore it is gluten-free and a great replacement for wheat. It also contains more protein than other flours. One key nutritional benefit of gram flour is the high folate content, which is especially important for pregnant women. Moreover, chickpeas have a very low GI of 7. Its flour also has a low GI of around 30. Compared to wheat flour it is much healthier, as white wheat flour has a GI of about 70. Gram flour is the main ingredient in many traditional Indian dishes. It can be found in Pakoras, Pappadums and many more.
Nutrition Value: Low in Glycemic Index and high in fibre, 100 gms of Besan flour is reported to contain 387 calories, 22 mg of protein, 11 grams of fibre, 58 grams of carbohydrates, vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin K and folate.
How to store: Store the flour in an airtight steel or glass container. Ideally, it is advised to consume any flour within 15 – 20 days of milling else its nutrition start getting depleted and flour starts getting stale. This is more so in the case of our flour which is not treated by any chemicals for increasing shelf life. In the absence of any chemical treatment, such flour is more prone to catch worm infestation too. So, buy in small quantities and consume it well in time.