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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Besan Doodh ~ A Punjabi Milk and Chickpea Flour Based Drink

I came across a 'besan doodh' recipe a few years ago and I have been itching to try it ever since. Somehow, I kept postponing  it though the preparation is quite a simple one and finally yesterday I decided to try it before the winter is gone for good. As the name suggests, besan doodh is a chickpea flour and milk based drink and a classic Punjabi winter warmer. It is usually served hot. This traditional drink is very healthy, especially for the kids and the elderly and also considered an effective home remedy for cold and coughs. Don't ask me how it is going to cure the cold but all the recipes I came across made it sound like a highly valued medicinal drink. I would more call it as one that pleases your palates and your guests'. 

Besan is toasted in ghee until it starts to smell nutty and then cooked in milk, thus creating the besan doodh aka besan sheera. Yes, it is not a typo. It sure seems to be also called as sheera though it is not cooked to halwa consistency. And dodhi and sudkaa seem to be other names of this drink. Adding nuts is optional but I found that throwing in some chopped nuts like almonds and pistachios to the drink makes it more yummier. Also I added turmeric in the mix for color and health benefit in place of saffron. 
Besan doodh is truly a delicious drink to try. It tasted almost similar to MTR badam mix drink or I should say even better without being all excessively sugary. It makes a great alternative to coffee and teas during winter and also a welcoming chilled drink during summers (or even winters), if you ask me. However if drinking chilled / serving guests, I would recommend to omit the ghee completely to toast the besan. The ghee solidifies when the milk is chilled and you feel like eating a layer of ghee along with each gulp of milk. Go ahead with the addition of ghee if you don't mind that feel. Otherwise the omission of ghee is not going to alter the taste though it may affect if drinking for medicinal value.

Ingredients: (Yield 2 servings)
1 - 2 tsp. ghee
1 heaped tbsp. chickpea flour / besan
2 tbsp. roughly chopped nuts (optional but recommended.)
2 cups of milk
Ground cardamom from one pod
Sugar to taste (I used stevia.)
A pinch of saffron strands (Optional. I didn't use it.)

* Heat ghee in  preferably a non-stick pan and add chickpea flour. Toast it on low flame until it starts to brown and nutty aroma can be noticed. 
* Add a small quantity of milk and stir constantly to form a lump free roux. When you get a homogeneous mixture, add the remaining milk, any chopped nuts if using, cardamom, sugar, and saffron if using. I added a pinch of turmeric as well.
* Bring the mixture to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer the mixture for about 7 to 8 minutes until the milk is slightly thickened and the chickpea flour appears cooked. 
* Serve it warm. 

This post is an entry for Blogging Marathon #98 under 'Cooking for two' theme.




rajani said...

I am bookmarking this recipe to try Suma. I really love the sound of besan doodh

Gayathri Kumar said...

Wow! This is a fantastic alternative to tea and coffee. With all the nuts, it surely gives a festive feel.

Harini R said...

I have seen this as well when looking for home remedies for cold/cough. Fortunately I didn't have the need this season so far (touch wood). But I am sure I can enjoy this on a regular day as well.

jayashree said...

This looks delicious, I am yet to try this one. Nice share.

Swati said...

In winters Besan Ka doodh is a must have for us as it keeps the body warm in chilly winters..the mugs of milk look so comforting and delicious!!

Samira Gupta said...

Besan sheera is our favourite too especially if anyone is having cough/cold. The only difference is we make it using water. Will try out your way also by adding milk.