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« on: May 09, 2007 08:30:13 PM »

wondering if anyone has ever made anything with chickpea flour before... i once had this delicious little melty cubes apparently made of chickpea flour bought from the middle eastern grocery store here.
i found a couple of dessert chickpea flour recipes, but they call for ghee. is there anything i can replace it with?
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007 10:05:43 PM »

What you had was besan laddhu...yuuummmmm. (Besan is the Indian name for chickpea flour) I have made a lot of different things with chickpea flour, from bhajis (a veggie pancake kind of thing); pakora (Indian fritters); a kind of steamed bread thing, which I also adapted to a cake thing; gravy; and a few more things which I can't think of off the top of my head. My boy was on a really restricted diet for his diabetes for awhile, and it was really hard, cause he couldn't have any starches at all, so I had to get really creative.

For the desserts, I think the ghee would taste best, but a good quality coconut oil can be substituted, usually.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2007 10:58:49 PM »

wow thanks, that helps a lot. i am informed and inspired! i'll let you know how it turns out. i'm going to try the coconut oil, too. the potluck i'm making it for has pretty strict vegans.. though i've heard that there is such thing as vegetbale ghee? probably not as tasty as the real thing or coconut oil neither, so i think i'll opt for the oil.
thanks again
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2007 03:16:42 AM »

Yer welcome!! Grin

I've never heard of vegetable ghee....sounds...dubious, lol. I'll have to look it up.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2007 10:11:53 AM »

Hi there,
I love chickpea flour (or channa dahl flour as it is also known as), but I only regularly use it for one thing.  I find it is superior for using in hummus (as opposed to whole chickpeas).
You boil the flour in water, chill it, then puree it with your garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, a dash of veggie stock, pepper, hot sauce... whatever else you like.. then slowly add the olive oil.  It's a recipe I need to eventually post on my site.

Good luck!

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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2007 06:52:07 PM »

I saw some Vegan Ghee on someones blog - then again at the Indian groc. (since I knew what to look for). The ingredient list was pretty scary so I didn't buy any. I usually use canola oil with a little earth balance for the flavor.

Vegan with a Vengeance has a recipe for Fronch Toast that uses chickpea flour. I believe I've also seen vegan crepe recipes that use it. I agree with Junieve, it is awesome (and fast) in hummus. I just add the boiling water from my kettle, and let it set for a few mins.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2007 06:54:04 PM »

Wow someone else who knows the awesomeness of chickpea flour hummus!  It is so creamy!  I got a bag of chickpea flour once and used the recipe on back (Bob's Red Mill) and am never going back.  I was horrified when my next bag of chickpea flour didn't have the hummus recipe on it, but thankfully BRM seems to go back to putting it there.

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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007 05:29:03 PM »

I've even taken to throwing random things in the blender and then adding them to the chickpea flour before I add the boiling water. Like vegan dressings, or roasted red peppers, garlic and cilantro, a little leftover silken tofu and tahini ... so easy, so yummy, so quick!
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2007 05:44:17 AM »

I make french toast with it ^_^
so good with a drizzle of agave and cinnamon mixed in the batter.
I usually do:
2 tbs chickpea flour, 1 tbs cornstarch, dash o' cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking powder (optional), sprinkle of salt   + enough rice dream to make a thick pancake-ish batter,
dip slices of bread in there...fry in a pan untill golden on both sides..

Serve with sugar/syrup.

I've also made pie crusts for savoury fillings like quiches etc.
I've used it to make improv. falafel (can of chickpeas mashed with spices, the chickpea flour binds it).

Sometimes I'll just make pancakes out of it with a bit of curry powder....

and I'm going to try and see if I can make an omelet with it with silken tofu tonight.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007 08:05:03 PM »

woah that french toast sounds awesome! i will have to try. brilliant.

and i'm going to start throwing it in hummus and dressings too, i might get hooked on the stuff.
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