Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jiva Organics Besan (Chana Dal) Flour Review

Disclosure of material connection- I received the product mentioned  via Tomoson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are 100% my own.

I was lucky enough to be exposed to ethnic food, particularly Indian food, from an early age. My step dad is from Pakistan, born in India and he and all of his sisters were always making delicious Indian food for us to enjoy. One of my favorite things he made when I was little and hadn't yet acquired a taste for the spicy curries India is so well known for were pakoras. My favorite were the potato pakoras.  I think in India these are probably made for celebrations, but at our house they were made for a special treat when my dad felt like getting in the kitchen. Anyway, when the opportunity arose for me to review besan flour (also known as gram flour) I knew the very first thing I would make were pakoras. I am so glad I did. They brought back great childhood memories and it was fun sharing one of my favorite dishes as a kid with my own children. They loved them! Here is a picture of my potato pakoras-

They did not last long at all! I am sure I will be making them again in the near future! Perhaps next time I will make veggie pakoras instead! Jiva Organic's besan flour came in a visually pleasing 2 lb bag. I love that it is clearly labeled USDA organic for those of us who find important to find clear labels on our food. This type of flour can be used for lots of Indian dishes (including breads and desserts) and for a great fiber boost in other dishes as well. It is a wonderful flour to use if you are gluten free or vegetarian/vegan (the flour is made from chick peas) or just want that previous mentioned fiber boost (Americans are seriously lacking in the fiber department! I am always trying to get more fiber in my diet!)

You can purchase Jiva Organics Besan flour (and other Jiva Organics products) on Amazon.com

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