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How to Bake With Besan Flour

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How to Bake With Besan Flour
Cup for cup, besan flour won't rise as high. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Besan flour is a staple in Indian and Bangladeshi dishes. The flour is from milling roasted chickpeas and gives food dishes a nutty flavor with a heartier texture. You can bake with besan flour, making anything you would with all-purpose flour such as cakes, cookies, pizza dough and breads. Besan flour has 387 calories per cup and is high in fiber, calcium and protein, making it a healthier alternative to all-purpose flour.

Step 1

Substitute besan flour for all-purpose flour. Cakes and breads will not rise as much with besan flour and will be thicker in texture.

Step 2

Sift the flour twice before adding it to any baking recipe to increase air surrounding the flour. This incorporates more air into the recipe making lighter baked goods.

Step 3

Increase yeast when baking breads and cakes to help the loft. Adjust recipes with an additional 50 percent of yeast. If the recipe calls for 2 tsp. of yeast, add 3 tsp. of yeast.

Step 4

Add extra baking soda to recipes that don't call for yeast to aid in rising. Increase 1 tsp. of baking soda to 1 1/2. This helps create lighter texture with the soda bubbling through cooking.

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