Recipe Thursday: Chickpea "Fries"
I got myself a bad ass new vegan cookbook and I cannot wait to share all the amazing recipes I find with you all. I love french fries, but I don't love the unhealthy part of them. Today I am not sharing your typical fry recipe. Not only are these not fried, but they aren't even made with potatoes...or vegetables at all for that matter. These fries are made with an amazing source of vegan protein, chickpea flour and damn were they good!
- 2 cups chickpea flour
- 1 tsp. black salt or regular salt (I used Himalayan)
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Olive oil spray
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the chickpea flour, black salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne. In a medium pot, bring the water to a rolling boil. Whisk in the chickpea flour mixture until mostly smooth. Add the oil and continue to whisk for about 3 minutes, until it has the texture of thick pudding. Remove from heat.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish. Refrigerate overnight or at least 2 to 3 hours, until the chickpea mixture has hardened.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Use the parchment paper to lift the hardened chickpea mixture out of the dish. Keeping the mixture on the parchment paper, use a knife to cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch strips along the shorter way. Then cut those strips in half lengthwise. Move the parchment paper, with the fries, onto a baking sheet. Spread the fries so they are not touching. Lightly spray with olive oil and, if desired add salt and pepper.
- Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the fries every 10 minutes so all four sides get 10 minutes each. If they are still a little soft, bake for 10 more minutes, flipping over once halfway through. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.