If you’re like myself, your learning style comes from watching demonstrate the something you are interested in doing. One of my passions is cooking, not baking. Yes there is a distinction. Baking take more accuracy and patients, neither of which I have much of these days.
Also if you’re like myself and taken an interest in a certain type of food or gotten all excited one day and bought something in excess thinking you’ll be using it all the time, it’s probably still sitting on your back shelf. One of those items was Besan flour. It is Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans ground up. Take note all my good readers who are allergic to wheat products and need a gluten free substitute.
After spending more than I wanted in Costco, (isn’t that always the case) I forgot the important item. Dessert. Well with one of us unemployed an one making ok money, I didn’t want to spend much any more money. So I perused the shelf to see what I dessert I could attempt to make. Alas my eye caught hold of besan flour. My boyfriend had mentioned earlier in the week if I wanted ladoos from Indian Sweets and Snacks. Yes you guessed it our local Indian food store. I told him not to spend the money, I would make the ladoos myself. A strange look in sued from him. Inside I thought, how the hell am I gonna do that.
Everyone Googles, but I YouTubed and low and behold I found my guardian Auntie-ji, Manjula Jain. The video is not fancy, and looks like it was taken with a camera with video capabilities. She is an unassuming woman who gives you an explanation of what it she is cooking. She takes you step by step, speaks slowly and clearly (most important), and makes it so easy you have to go out and try. I’m calling her the Indian version of Martha Stewart.
Also, it looks like you can ask her questions and she gives you timely answer.
Check out her website as well. www.manjulaskitchen.com
Happy Indian cooking.