English: besan is a powder on chnna dal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gluten free, nutritious, supports breast milk production.
Good for vata, pitta, kapha (occasionally), rakta, sthanya.
Besan flour, also known as gram flour, is made from channa dal (deshi channa or bengal gram) a close relative of chickpeas. Its golden colour speaks to its high antoxidant content. Channa has a low glycemic index.
Serves up to 12
3 cups besan flour (available at Indian grocery stores)
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup raw cane sugar (turbinado)
1 can coconut milk
2 cups hot water (or as needed)
1 tsp cardamom seeds
Heat ghee in heavy bottomed pan.
Add besan flour and roast until golden brown but not burnt.
Add almonds and dates and fry for a few more minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer until it thickens into a loose dough.
Serve warm as a breakfast or dessert.