It is also known as Gram or Besan flour. It has a buttery texture and nutty taste and is popular in Indian cuisine and a staple in vegetarian cooking. The high protein content is a good substitute for red meat and its high fibre content helps reduce cholesterol and may be beneficial in the prevention of diabetes. Chickpeas are a very good source of the essential trace element Molybdenum. They are also a good source of folic acid, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc.