Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chickpea fries

Chickpea fries are a healthy alternative to french fries, with the added bonus of protein and fibre.  These european street food delicacies are also known as "panisses" or "panelle" depending on who you talk to.  I have found several recipes online for chickpea fries, and they all vary slightly, but the basis is the same: chickpea flour.

Chickpea fries
1 1/4 cup chickpea flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 1/2 cups cold water
1 tsp salt
- Combine in stainless steel pot on high heat and whisk gently to prevent sticking.
- Once mixture begins to boil and thicken (3-4 min), reduce heat  to med and switch to wooden spoon or rubber spatula.

From the basic recipe above, you can get creative and add flavours and ingredients that you like, such as:
- garlic
- parsley
- rosemary
- lemon rind
- paprika
- curry
- pepper
- cayenne pepper

Add any (or none!) of the above ingredients, stir to combine and continue stirring to prevent sticking.
When mixture pulls away from the sides of the pot like dough, transfer to a parchment lined rimmed sheet pan.
Spread mixture evenly, then refrigerate or freeze until set (4hrs - up to 24hrs)
Cut into fry shapes about 3" long.
Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet with some vegetable oil - approx 350' for 30min, or until golden brown, turning the fries over once or twice along the way.
Serve with dip of your choice.  Suggestion: marinara sauce

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