For me, the nutty scent of chickpea flour is inextricably linked to a bathtub. No, you have not accidently found yourself reading some kinky sex blog involving naked bodies and food fetishes. The memory is of a nurturing kind, with my mother as masseuse and chickpea flour, turmeric and milk as the healing paste.
Mothers across the Indian subcontinent begin the baby massage ritual as early as 6 weeks of age, combining almond oil and chickpea flour to stretch the baby, soothe the skin, and even remove hair. I can see my six-year-old self irritated and impatient as my mother would make a paste for me to use on my skin after a sunburnt romp at the swimming pool. She’d run the bath, cover me in dough, and scrub. Like so many souvenirs, the annoyance fades, and the love of mother to child shines through.
For me, the nutty scent of chickpea flour is inextricably linked to a bathtub. No, you have not accidently found yourself reading some kinky sex blog involving naked bodies and food fetishes.
Most Indian women use chickpea flour (also known as besan, gram flour and chana dal flour) as a common ingredient in homemade recipes for all manner of beauty regimes. The pursuit of loveliness involves besan, milk, yogurt, rose water, lime juice, almonds and turmeric in various combinations. The recipes are endless, but besan and a liquid are always the base with the other ingredients added depending on the moisture of the skin, freckles, acne, wrinkles, skin lightening, and hair removal.
Skin Cleansing –
- One teaspoon of besan
- A pinch of turmeric
- Half teaspoon of honey
- Half teaspoon of olive oil
- Mix it well and apply.
- One teaspoon besan
- Two teaspoons yogurt
- Apply to face and let dry for 30 min
- Remove with plain water
Skin Whitening – One of the more disturbing recipes, but a common one in a fair-skinned obsessed India
- 2 teaspoons of besan
- A pinch of turmeric
- A few drops of lemon juice
- A few drops of milk
- Make a paste and apply it on the skin
- After the paste dries, scrub off
Do you have any yummy beauty recipes in your family? Feel like trying the recipes above? Please share your thoughts with us.