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Falafel made with chickpea flour?

thbunny Jun 9, 2007 02:32 PM

Does anyone have a recipe for falafel that is made with chickpea flour? I would love any links or recipes - as well as any advice. Thanks!

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    jsaimd Jun 9, 2007 02:39 PM

    I have subbed chickpea flour for falafel, but don't have a recipe. I just did it by eye - used by normal recipe, added some chickpea flour and liquid to the right texture. Add the flour by weight and you will have the right amount if you prefer to measure.

    I prefer the soaked whole bean method for the texture. The flour makes something akin to donuts in texture. But it does OK when I want falafel and forget to soak the beans. (I can't use the mix b/c I am allergic to wheat).

    1. Luther Jun 9, 2007 03:46 PM

      The texture is totally different, as jsaimd says, and isn't falafel. That falafely texture comes from soaked, ground, uncooked beans that are then deep-fried. If you make chickpea flour fritter, you come out with something like a pakora (which is chickpea flour batter mixed with other stuff before frying).

      1. scubadoo97 Jun 9, 2007 09:23 PM

        Falafal is so easy but does take some time only because you have to soak the chickpeas for a good 12 hrs or more but you don't have to baby sit them and you don't have to cook them. Just soak drain and grind.

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          atomic Jun 10, 2007 08:12 AM

          On a similar, time-saving note, could one freeze the soaked, uncooked chickpeas to allow for just a quick microwave-thaw before grinding? Anyone tried it?

          I've only made falafel with canned chickpeas so any improvement in texture (for me) would be a good start.

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          1. re: atomic
            scubadoo97 Jun 10, 2007 10:35 AM

            I could never figure out why I couldn't get my falafal to hold together. Canned chickpeas were the root of the problem. They need to be in that semi-raw state to hold together without adding flour or other binder which can make them heavy.

            1. re: atomic
              smartie Jun 10, 2007 12:47 PM

              freezing chickpeas? dunno. but freezing falafel mix is not a great idea, it gets very wet and does not hold together as well for deep frying

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              thbunny Jun 10, 2007 09:14 AM

              Thanks for all of the suggestions! Will definitely use the whole beans for falafel.

              Any other ideas on what to do with chickpea flour? Bought a bag by Bob's Red Mill. On the package there was a recipe for hummus, which we made. The taste was great but the consistency was off.

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              1. re: thbunny
                scubadoo97 Jun 10, 2007 10:39 AM

                Lydia Bastianich made pasta with chickpea flour on one show. Chickpea flour is used in Indian cusine.

                1. re: thbunny
                  piccola Jun 10, 2007 12:13 PM

                  Try socca: http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2007...

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