Gram flour

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Gram Flour
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,619 kJ (387 kcal)
Carbohydrates 57 g
- Sugars 10g
- Dietary fiber 10 g
Fat 6 g
Protein 22 g
Water 10 g
Vitamin A equiv. 2 μg (0%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1 mg (7%)
Folate (vit. B9) 437 μg (109%)
Calcium 45 mg (5%)
Iron 4 mg (31%)
Magnesium 166 mg (47%)
Phosphorus 318 mg (45%)
Potassium 846 mg (18%)
Sodium 64 mg (4%)
Zinc 2 mg (21%)
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour, or besan, is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas. Used in many countries, it is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisines. Gram flour can be made from either raw chickpeas or roasted chickpeas. The roasted variety is more flavorful, while the raw variety has a slightly bitter taste.[1]

In the form of a paste with water or yogurt, it is also popular as a facial exfoliant in the Indian Subcontinent.[2] When mixed with an equal proportion of water, it can be used as an egg replacer in vegan cooking.[3]

Gram flour contains a high proportion of carbohydrates,[4] no gluten,[5] and a higher proportion of protein than other flours.[4]

Dishes[edit]

South Asia[edit]

It is most popular in the cuisine of South Asia, where the flour is used to make the following:

In Andhra Pradesh chickpea flour is used in a curry made of cakes of gram flour popularly called Senaga Pindi Kura (Telugu: శెనగ పిండి కూర) and is had with Chapati or Puri, mostly during winters in breakfast.[6] Chila (or chilla), a pancake made with gram flour batter, is a popular street food in India.

Southeast and East Asia[edit]

Southern Europe[edit]

Along the coast of the Ligurian Sea chickpea flour is used to make a thin pancake which is baked in the oven. This popular street food is called is called farinata in Italian cuisine and is known as socca or cade in French cuisine. It is used to make panelle, a fritter in Sicilian cuisine. In Spanish cuisine gram flour is an ingredient for tortillitas de camarones.

See also[edit]

  • Oralu kallu, a type of grinding machine using stone to produce flour in some parts of India

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marks, Gil (2010). Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. pp. 121–122. ISBN 0470391308. 
  2. ^ "What is gram flour?". Blurtit.com. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  3. ^ The Vegan Society. "Egg Substitutes". Vegansociety.com. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Chickpea flour (besan)". Nutrition Data: Nutrition Facts and Calorie Counter. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Grains and Flours Glossary: Besan". Celiac Sprue Association. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  6. ^ http://www.andhrakitchen.com/showrecipe.php?id=1119