Chickpea flour is a fine, gluten-free flour ground from dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) used to make a variety of dishes in India.
Also commonly called besan, you can purchase chickpea flour in any India grocery store, online, or check in your local health food store. Some large supermarkets stock Chickpea Flour now in their ‘Free From’ and asia iles, but it is well worth to shop around.
A Substitute for All-Purpose Flour?
You can substitute up to half the amount of all-purpose flour called for in a recipe with chickpea flour. This works best for quick breads and yeast breads.
However any cake requiring very little flour will be just as good with Chickpea Flour only. Well worth a try with your favourite recipes and you will have an instant gluten free option.
Frequently used in:
• Indian potato and onion bajis
• quick flat breads
• thickening agent
• wheat flour replacement
• sweet and savoury baking