Teatime Snacks: How to Make Gram Flour (Besan) Fafda

Updated on March 6, 2019
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Homemade gram flour (besan) fafda
Homemade gram flour (besan) fafda

An Appetizing Teatime Snack

Fafda is a crunchy and flavorful Gujarati teatime snack that is made from besan, or chickpea flour. Chickpeas are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. I like to make chickpea-based snacks because they are nutritious, as well as appetizing. Children and adults alike love fafda; the snack melts in your mouth and leaves you craving more.

The recipe is both quick and easy to prepare. It took me only about 30 minutes, and I made enough for 4 people. You can store this snack for 15-20 days in an airtight container, which allows you to munch them whenever you desire.

Let's learn how to make this delicious snack at home.

5 stars for Besan (Gram flour) Fafda

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gram flour (besan)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 2 pinches turmeric powder
  • 2 pinches cooking soda (baking soda)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, for the dough
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Home-made Fafda
Home-made Fafda

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add gram flour, carom seeds, salt, baking soda, crushed pepper, and oil. Mix them.
  2. Add water little by little and make a pliable dough. Apply a few drops of oil on the surface. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel or vessel. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, gently knead the dough a bit. Next, make it a long rod of about 1-inch diameter.
  4. Cut the rod into 3/4-inch or 1-inch pieces.
  5. Now you will elongate each of them. Begin by placing one piece on a greased board or kitchen platform. Roll lengthwise with a rolling pin, making it thin and elongated. (Traditionally, people used to elongate them using only their palms. Since this is a bit tricky to do, I use the easier method of the rolling pin.)
  6. Prepare 6-8 such shapes.
  7. Deep-fry them in medium-hot oil until they are crunchy.
  8. After each is deep-fried, place them on an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the procedure to make the remaining fafda. Allow them to cool down completely.
  9. Serve fafda with gram flour chutney, pickle, or fried and salted green chilies. You can also eat fafda alone, without any accompaniment. They are super tasty on their own. However, eating them with a side dish tastes amazing!

Step one: Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl as per instructions.
Step one: Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl as per instructions.
Step two: Adding water, knead to make a soft and pliable dough. Apply a few drops of oil on the surface.
Step two: Adding water, knead to make a soft and pliable dough. Apply a few drops of oil on the surface.
Cover the dough. Rest it for 10 minutes.
Cover the dough. Rest it for 10 minutes.
Step three: After 10 minutes, gently knead it for a while. Make a rod out of it, as shown in the picture.
Step three: After 10 minutes, gently knead it for a while. Make a rod out of it, as shown in the picture.
Step four: Cut it to make 3/4-inch or 1-inch length pieces.
Step four: Cut it to make 3/4-inch or 1-inch length pieces.
Elongate each piece.
Elongate each piece.
Flatten them
Flatten them
Step five: Roll each of them on a greased board or platform to make a thin and long strip. Use rolling pin for this purpose.
Step five: Roll each of them on a greased board or platform to make a thin and long strip. Use rolling pin for this purpose.
Step six: Deep-fry 5-6 of them in one batch in medium-hot oil. When they are crunchy, remove them to an absorbent paper towel.
Step six: Deep-fry 5-6 of them in one batch in medium-hot oil. When they are crunchy, remove them to an absorbent paper towel.
Your favorite teatime snack (or anytime snack) is ready to munch!
Your favorite teatime snack (or anytime snack) is ready to munch!
Fafda
Fafda

Nutritional Information of Fafda

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 220
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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