Gram Flour Recipes For Weight Loss: Here Are 5 Low-Calorie, Protein-Rich Foods

Gram Flour or Besan contains a lot of nutrients that are beneficial for your body. There are only 387 calories in 100 grams of gram flour and only 7 grams of fat. It contains 58 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of dietary fibre

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Nov 04, 2019
Gram Flour Recipes For Weight Loss: Here Are 5 Low-Calorie, Protein-Rich Foods

Weight Loss With Gram Flour: Gram Flour has a special place in Indian kitchens due to its nutritious ingredients, and a lot of delicious dishes can be made with it. For instance, gram flour dumplings, cheela, namkeen, parathas, rotis, vegetables etc. But, do you know, you can lose weight by gram flour? Yes, gram flour can help you in weight loss. Made from gram, this flour is a good source of protein. If you include gram flour in your daily diet, then your body gets a lot of health benefits.

Gram Flour or Besan Helps Losing Weight

Besan contains fewer calories than wheat flour. The researchers claim that having dal, gram flour calms the hunger quickly which helps to keep the stomach full for a long time. Apart from this, there is also a lot of fibre in it. Consumption of gram flour improves the metabolism of the body (due to its fibrous content that burns calories and you lose weight quickly). Besan is a rich-protein food with a low glycemic index and minimal carbohydrates.

Low-Calorie Besan Dishes made with gram flour

Many low-calorie dishes can be quickly made with besan. You can prepare the following recipes in your breakfast.


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The succulent dhokla made from gram flour is a Gujarati dish that can be easily made at home. A home-made dhokla (single piece) contains 45-50 calories. Dhokla can be eaten in the evening snacks or morning breakfast.



It is effortless to make gram flour cheela. Use a non-stick pan and little oil to make it. It can be a delicious low-calorie lunch, dinner or breakfast. Eat it with tomato, chilli sauce or curd.

Gram flour rotis

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You can also make gram flour rotis. For this mix, besan and flour, knead it to make thick rotis. Note that if you want to make thin rotis, then you have to take less besan and more flour.

Besan Gatta

You can knead Besan to make Gatta vegetable. This vegetable is very popular as a Rajasthani dish and is very tasty.

Besan Pudding

Besan Pudding is prepared by roasting Besan (and adding milk to it). It is also called gram flour molasses. Add very little sugar while cooking it so that it is healthy and helps in weight loss.

Gram salad

Gram flour is made from black or white gram. If you are bored with the use of gram flour daily, you can also make a white gram salad. It has good fibre content which will fill your stomach and will also help in weight loss.

Other benefits of Besan or Gram Flour

  • Being a low-glycemic index food, the intake of gram flour reduces blood sugar. Therefore, it is beneficial for diabetes patients.
  • Gram flour is made from gram which is a good source of iron; hence, it also eradicates the problem of anaemia.
  • Besan is also considered suitable for heart patients due to its right amount of soluble fibre.
  • Besan does not contain trans fat, so its consumption decreases cholesterol.
  • Consumption of gram flour is considered a good option for those who are allergic to gluten (it is gluten-free).

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