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Meera Gram Flour

February 22, 2010

My desi kitchen would be desolate without the cheery presence of Meera Gram Flour. The first time I espied it in the Indian store, that kitschy illustration caught my fancy. I’m a big fan of Meera, the 15th Century princess-saint. Seeing that packaging in New York just made my heart yearn. Plus there’s something irresistible about things that come in yellow bags.

But the most important thing is the light golden powder inside. Gram Flour, or Besan (as it is called in Des) is made by powdering dried chickpeas.It forms the base for all my favourite comfort foods. And the favouritest comfortingest food of them all is Besan ka Sheera: a sweet gram flour roux that’s a quick-fix version of Halva.

The recipe follows.

बेसन का शीरा | Sweet Gram Flour Roux

This makes enough for one person on a cold winter night.

For 2 tbsp of Gram Flour, you need:

1.5 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
1.5 tbsp Sugar (you can add more later if it isn’t sweet enough for you)
1/4 cup of Milk
Raisins or Almond Slivers (optional)

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1. Heat the Ghee, and allow it to melt. Keep the flame on low throughout the recipe.

2. If you’re using the Raisins or Almonds, pop them in now, fry them for a few seconds and take them out.

3. Now to the hot Ghee, add the Gram Flour and the Sugar. Stir well, allowing no lumps to form, until the Gram Flour starts to brown. Now turn the heat off.

4. Pour in the milk, and stir till the Gram Flour mixture dissolves completely. You should end up with a smooth paste. Now turn the heat on again, and stir for a few seconds.

5. Almost magically, the roux should start coming away from the sides of your pan. Now turn the heat off.

6. Add in the Raisins or Almonds, and enjoy!

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Besan ka Sheera is best had piping hot. I never actually use the almonds or raisins, but if you want to make it fancier, go ahead! And if you’re suffering from a cold, this is a most comforting remedy.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 11:13 am

    sounds yummy desi!

  2. February 22, 2010 7:10 pm

    recipe ke liye bahut bahut dhanyawaad. hum kal hi banayenge, meerbai ke bhakt!

  3. March 1, 2010 1:45 am

    AAAAhhhh!!!!

    I want that!!!
    I will trade you a Geetha Coffee packet for Meera Gram Flour.

    plis plis plis plis

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