Besan Paara

By: Manjula Jain

Serving : 6 people
Total Time :30 minutes

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Besan Paara

Besan Paara are crunchy and spicy. Besan Paara makes a great snack. Serve anytime.

Besan Paare (Spicy crackers)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour plain flour, maida
  • 1 cup besan gram flour
  • 2 tbsp fine sooji samolina
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1-1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chili flake
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds ajwain
  • 1/8 tsp asafetida hing
  • 1/2 cup water use as needed
  • oil to fry

Instructions

  • Mix flour, semolina (sooji), gram flour (besan), salt, carom seeds, asafetida, chili flakes, and oil, together.
  • Add water as needed to make firm but smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and set aside at least for ten minutes.
  • Knead the dough for another minute and divide into four equal parts.Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape.
  • Roll them thin into about 9-inch circles. Prick them with a fork all over the rolled dough, the Paree do not puff when frying.
  • Cut each of the rolled dough into about half inch wide and 3 inch long pieces. Note: you can cut them in your desire shape.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly.
  • Make sure to place just enough Paara so you can turn them over easily when frying. Fry the Paara until both sides are light golden-brown.
  • After Besan Paara come to room temperature they should become crisp.

Notes

Suggestions:
Try replacing carom (ajwain) seed with dry fenugreek leaves.
you will also like Besan SevAtta Ka Ladoo
 
  • Besan Paara

    Besan Paara are crunchy and spicy. Besan Paara makes a great snack. Serve anytime.

    • 1 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
    • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
    • 2 tbsp fine sooji (samolina)
    • 4 tbsp oil
    • 1-1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp red chili flake
    • 1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
    • 1/8 tsp asafetida (hing)
    • 1/2 cup water use as needed
    • oil to fry
    1. Mix flour, semolina (sooji), gram flour (besan), salt, carom seeds, asafetida, chili flakes, and oil, together.

    2. Add water as needed to make firm but smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and set aside at least for ten minutes.
    3. Knead the dough for another minute and divide into four equal parts.Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape.
    4. Roll them thin into about 9-inch circles. Prick them with a fork all over the rolled dough, the Paree do not puff when frying.
    5. Cut each of the rolled dough into about half inch wide and 3 inch long pieces. Note: you can cut them in your desire shape.
    6. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly.
    7. Make sure to place just enough Paara so you can turn them over easily when frying. Fry the Paara until both sides are light golden-brown.
    8. After Besan Paara come to room temperature they should become crisp.

    Suggestions:

    Try replacing carom (ajwain) seed with dry fenugreek leaves.

    you will also like Besan SevAtta Ka Ladoo

     

    Appetizer
    Indian
    Basen Save, Besan, Kid Friendly, Paare, Snack

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    Rachna gupta
    September 18, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Nice receipes

    Alexei
    February 1, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Dear Manjula
    here is a question from Russia about this dish
    Can it be made with chick-peas? Not with flour but from beans
    Thanks in advance

    Alexei

      Manjula Jain
      February 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Alexei, I have not been successful

    shruti
    September 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Hello aunty..
    I tried besan paste….my family members as well as friends liked it ..it taste is very good …it also come out crispy…
    Thank you …

    Nemala Shalinni Arzi
    March 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    can you please upload how to make gobhi manchurian?????

      Manjula Jain
      March 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Please check the recipe on my web site.

        sushma
        June 6, 2015 at 12:59 am

        It was wonderful recipe i will definetly try besan paree

    Nemala Shalinni Arzi
    March 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Manjula mam am newly married…..its been just one and half month…..in snacks I made masala papad,palak pakodi, corn vada. I and my husband both got bored of these…..I was really searching from last 5 days for a evening snack……am not too good like you in innovative cooking……somehow I tried your “BESAN PAARE” believe me mam….it came out awesome….
    your recipe is real good……. THANKS A LOT

    Bhuvanesh
    January 16, 2014 at 12:33 am

    thanks for u recipe mam, it was really wonderful

    gini
    November 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

    chai ke sath bahut aache lage

    litchi
    November 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    manjula ma’am,

    i tried many of your recipeis at home and everyone who tasted have appreciated me a lot in my in laws house. All credit goes to you….

    Thank u so much….

    suvarna
    October 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Wonderful recipe, will be trying it outfor diwali

    Nede
    September 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Can these be baked instead of fried?

    pranjali
    August 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

    thanx a lot manjulaji….
    turned out to be great

    eric
    July 8, 2012 at 2:59 am

    dear manjula ,
    your recipes are very easy to make i liked besan paree’s recipe very much .I would definitely try making it . Thanks a lot.

    Rajdeep Kaur
    April 8, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Hi Manjula Aunty,

    All your recipes are very easy and delicious, whatever i tried turned out very nice. thanks alot.

    Can i still use aesafetida, as i m pregnant?

    uzma
    February 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    hello aunty thank u for this wonderful website, and great recipes, i have tried many of your recipes, and loved them, regards, will try this one soon

    Avani
    February 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    thank u so much…i tried it yesterday..and everybody appreciated it a lot

    mythili
    November 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    thanks aunty.. i tried paaras today and it came out very well..

    thanks once again.

    manju
    November 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

    why hv u blogged me on youtube?????????

    seema
    November 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    DEAR MANJULAJI,
    THANKYOU FOR UR RECIPEES..I AM GOING TO TRY EACH ONE OF THEM!

    seema
    November 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    dear manjulaji,
    i am lucky to have chanced upon your fabulous website!and i must thankyou for your recipees…!god bless you.

    Keerthi
    October 25, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Hello Aunty, Namastey.. I hope u r doing well.. First of all I would like to wish you a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali and New year.

    Today I am going to prepare besan paaras.

    Could you please tell me whether these paaras are preservable or we need to eat on the same day of preparation.

    Thanks in advance!! Take care..

      Manjula Jain
      October 25, 2011 at 5:31 am

      Keerthi,
      Paaras are good for weeks.

    Devi
    October 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Hi manjula ,

    i love this website and ur recipes , i have gone through in many recipes your using red chili flakes, but i couldnt find it in grocery shops (chennai) . can you tel me where it available or any alternate method.

    poonam
    September 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Hi manjula ji .. thank you so much for the scrumptious recipes .. i love your style makes cooking so tasty and easy. i’m a fan

    i have a question about this recipe if it could be made with wheat flour .. i loved this one was wondering if there is any snack like this that can be made using wheat flour – health reasons .. thank you so so much ..

    Sam
    September 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Hi I love your website! I was wondering if I leave out the minor details like carom seeds (ajwain) and Pinch of asafetida (hing) will it still be okay. I dont have those and dont know where to buy…just want to try it w/o…
    Thanks so much!

      Manjula Jain
      September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Sam,
      Those are flavoring so not a problem do without.

    Veena
    August 26, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Hi Manjula, I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out very well. Thank you.

    Sunita Sriram
    July 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Lipsmacking and mouthwatering recipes!

    Lakshmi Narain
    June 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Your recipes are to die for!! Simply delicious and great.

    Savita
    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Hi ! Thanks ma’am, you are a great cook.
    thanx i have tried a lot of ur receipes at home.

    Camelia
    June 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I made this recipe few days back, they turn out great. I enjoyed the crackers with tamarind chutney, also your recipe. Thank you.
    Your website is the best cookbook ever!!

    Devi
    April 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thank You Manjula i tried this at home and it turned out great i didnt leave it out for 10 minutes but for 5 minutes and it still worked…

    Parminder Kaur
    March 8, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Dear Manjula Mam,

    I am surprised that I could make Besan Paaras on my own with the help of your guidelines. Your recipes are really amazing. I will try one by one all of them.

    Thank you so much,

    chahak
    February 27, 2011 at 3:01 am

    realy amazing………….

    priya
    February 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    thanks

    Ruthie
    December 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    hi,

    Can I use fennel seeds ( saunf) instead of caram seeds ( ajwain) ? in tht case, shud i grind it a bit first?

    Bina
    November 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    HI…i like your guide in receipes…thanks , helped me a lot,because i like to see how to do it.
    This remember me the one of my mom’s ,but, wt cheese inside the maida.

    avani tiwari
    November 29, 2010 at 2:12 am

    This recepie is very good. Paare is good for daily meal and specially on festivals.

    Shilpa
    November 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    If i want to substitute the ajwain with dry fenugreek leaves, what should be the proportion???

      Manjula Jain
      November 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

      Shilpa,
      About one tablespoon.

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    Leena Shah
    October 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you auntie.you are really a fantastic coook with such gr8 recipes!!! i tried it and turned out really yummy.
    leena

    Vandana
    September 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Manjula Aunty,
    So far i’ve tried two of ur recipes (badam barfi , Besan paare) and they are both hit in my family.I’m going to try more of ur recipes.Must say u are too good.God bless u!

    Priya VK Singh
    September 5, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Dear Manjula, the besan paras turned out very well indeed. But if I wish to reduce the proportion of besan, which flour should I increase?

      Manjula Jain
      September 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Priya,
      All purpose flour (maida)

        Priya VK Singh
        September 7, 2010 at 12:21 am

        Thank you 🙂

    Vijeta
    August 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Hi auntie…
    I am a very big fan of ur recipes…they are really nice and most importantly easy to make.
    I am married to a Jain…so it really works for me as ur recipes are usually without onion. I cook everyday looking at your videos on your website.
    Thanks and fantastic work auntie 🙂

    manjulaharish
    July 30, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Hi aunty,
    besan paares were very tasty. Every one liked it very much.
    Thanks for such a good recipe.

    attia
    July 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    hi aunti,
    i tried this and they were so good thanks for nice recipie. now plz tell me how we can make gathey(ganthey) thanks again

    Aasma
    July 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I made this recipe this afternoon and I only have one complain: As I was frying the second batch, the first one was almost gone, I kept eating them as I was frying the rest, they were sooooo yummy!

    bhairavi
    July 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Hello Auntyji ,

    I’m a big fan of yours . Have tried lot of receipes from your website and they came out great. It would be great, if you can give us some Indian breakfast items on this site. Awaiting for the same.

    Thanks,
    Bhairavi

    Meeta
    June 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Very very nice recipe..thank you very much

    Archana Jadhav
    June 14, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Hi Aunty,

    1) While rolling this roti, if roti gets stuck to chopping board then, can I use “plain flour” for moving roti correctly? or should I use “oil” as you have shown in your video ?

    2) Roti should be as thin as “Papad”?

    Give your reply as soon as possible, because tomorrow I am going to make this.

    Thank You.

      Manjula Jain
      June 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

      Archana,
      use plain flour tomove roti, roti should be little thicker then papad.

    Gopinath
    June 13, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I tried the besan paare, it came out very well. Down south in TamilNadu we call a similarly made snack “Thattai” meaning “flat thing”. I improvised your receipe a bit, added grounded black pepper and cumin seeds instead of Ajwain coz didnt find it in home 🙂 . Additionally added some raw rice flour to it and it turned out a lot crispier. Coming back to the thattai, we generally prepare the dough with raw rice flour and not maida. Moreover we dont roll it with roti roller, rather just with the palm would make round ones like small puris and fry the same way.

    Su
    May 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Manjula aunty….ur just great…ur video pushes me to cook immediately….i m a big fan of urs…u just rock…. 🙂

    Ria
    March 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hello Manjula aunty,
    i tried these today but mine werent golden brown,they burnt.Can u please help me with that.
    thank you

    Debjani Ghosh
    March 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Hi Manjula,
    I came to know about ur website from my niece from L.A. Besan parees came out crunchy. We liked it a lot. My friends also. Thanks.

    sailaja
    March 10, 2010 at 4:05 am

    hi aunty,
    Besan paares came out well.My husband liked them alot
    Now its become a snack item which will always be available in my house.Thanks alot for this recipe

    Soujanya
    March 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hi Aunty
    Today i made besanparas it comes out very delicious.I like your website.I tried peda ,kalakand,rasagullas they came out very delicious.Thanks for posting all receipes.Aunty if you have a chance can you post cookie receipes aunty.Once again thank you so much .

    Geeta Pai
    January 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Manjula didi,
    I am not a new entry to kitchen room. But being a south Indian I am very much grateful to You for all your homely north recopies and the way You You prepare them.I have informed all my friends to visit this wonderful site.

    Keerti
    January 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Auntiji,
    I found your website yesterday when I was searching for a recipe for Gulab Jamun. I browsed your other recipes and had all the ingredients to try the Besan Paare. They turned out exactly like you demonstrated. On a cold winter day, it is a delight to eat these with a hot cup of masala tea. Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe. I have bookmarked your website.

    siham
    January 18, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Thankyou Anties Manjula, looks yammmi I love your recipes.

    Dianne
    January 10, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Manjulaji, I just found your website and will love trying your recipes. I will make your Besan Paare first thing tomorrow. I wonder if I might share some of your recipes at bigoven.com. I would certainly give credit for the recipe to you and also post your website in the notes of the recipe. May I put it up to share with others and let others discover your website?

    Amy
    January 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Nice recipe-is it ok if i do not include SUJI…is there any replacement ?

    Swarna
    December 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Hello Aunty,
    I tried besan paares today but some of them are not crispy :(.I fried it on medium flame.What could be the reason?I think my dough was not firm.it was easy to roll them.

    Vrisika
    December 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I love all your recipes, Manjulaji. I have learnt a lot from you.Thank you so much!!!

    Ami
    December 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Manjulaji,

    What exactly is the problem with this particular video bite? Why is it stopping and then not playing at all? I would like to attempt to make the paare and I would like to see the demonstration by you. Enjoy all your recipes! Please post a bit sooner than you normally do!

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