GRAM FLOUR ( BESAN) AND MILK
With a host of nourishing attributes and delicious taste, Bengal gram is one of India’s most important pulses. Easily available across the country, it is popularly used for preparing a variety of dishes — from sweet to savoury — in its whole and ground forms. And besan, that is Bengal gram flour, has long been used in topical applications for its many attributes.
Indian brides-to-be have traditionally applied uptan — a paste made of besan, turmeric, sandalwood blended with rose water or milk or cream of milk or yoghurt with or without a bit of sesame or almond oil on their skin. Washed off after half an hour, the pack removes dead cells and nourishes the skin, leaving it clean, clear and glowing!