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 Post subject: How did I wait until now to use chickpea flour?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:05 pm 
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I am OBSESSED. It's amazing! I just bought it last week for the first time, because I always just assumed it would be too expensive when not in bulk, and I never found it in bulk. But the Bob's Red Mill bag was like less than $3. I'm seriously addicted, and the only thing I've made is socca! (Every day when I get home from work pretty much.) What else do you guys use it for? Not that I'm tiring of my socca. Obsesssssed.

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Fronch Toast!


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I still have like 4.5 pounds of this stuff and I'm having a really hard time using it up.


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 Post subject: Re: How did I wait until now to use chickpea flour?
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I used it for one recipe (a chickpea flour muffin) and they came out dry and awful. I assume it was my fault, but still...

What's socca? Do you have a preferred recipe? I still have some left and I want to use it in a positive way instead of a sad way.

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It is one of my favourite egg-replacers.


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cheaper than the bob's red mill, i normally buy my chickpea flour from the indian section of the grocery store (or an indian grocery). it'll be called besan or gram flour instead, but it's the same thing & normally much less expensive.


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VwaV fronch tost! And lots of seitan recipes call for it. I get mine from the indian aisle of my grocery store too. Very affordable. I've also started adding it to my home made breads.

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Awesome ideas! I forgot about Fronch toast, omg.

Darth I am no expert (I just read about it a few months ago on Choosing Raw, which got it from a blog by vegan twins, can't remember what it's called) but socca is like a savory pancake. It's basically flour, water, olive oil, and salt, and experimenting with the ratios creates different textures. Like I'll usually do 1C flour, 2Cwater, about 2 T olive oil, and salt, and it will be spongier, and 1-1.5C of water will make it crispier. I just cook it in a nonstick pan bc I'm lazy but I know it's supposed to be much baked or broiled.

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I use it to thicken sauces and in a few seitan recipes.

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It is one of my favourite egg-replacers.


How do you use it?

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I made the frittata from 500 Vegan Recipes, which includes chickpea flour, a while ago and it was amazing!


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I use it to replace AP flour in noochy sauces! Lovely.

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Oh ya, it's used to make the rue for the seitan pot pie in V'con.

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it makes awesome-tasting poultry-style golden gravies...Joanna's Potluck zine as well as Raising Vegetarian Children both have recipes using it. Also I've seen some Indian cooking shows that added a mixture of chickpea flour/ yogurt to a pan of curried veg to thicken it to a nice curry sauce!


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RandiJM wrote:
Awesome ideas! I forgot about Fronch toast, omg.

...socca is like a savory pancake. It's basically flour, water, olive oil, and salt, and experimenting with the ratios creates different textures. Like I'll usually do 1C flour, 2Cwater, about 2 T olive oil, and salt, and it will be spongier, and 1-1.5C of water will make it crispier. I just cook it in a nonstick pan bc I'm lazy but I know it's supposed to be much baked or broiled.

I do this too, but it has evolved over time so that now I usually add some chopped kale, spinach or mustard greens to the batter. It seems to work best when I use about 1/3 cup flour, 2/3 c water, some garlic powder and lots of greens, so the batter ends up as a thick coating for them. I cook it in a well-oiled cast iron skillet w/ a cover, stove-top, turning 1/2 way through.

It's also my go-to flour for veggie cheeses and sauces.

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Jill wrote:
RandiJM wrote:
Awesome ideas! I forgot about Fronch toast, omg.

...socca is like a savory pancake. It's basically flour, water, olive oil, and salt, and experimenting with the ratios creates different textures. Like I'll usually do 1C flour, 2Cwater, about 2 T olive oil, and salt, and it will be spongier, and 1-1.5C of water will make it crispier. I just cook it in a nonstick pan bc I'm lazy but I know it's supposed to be much baked or broiled.


I do this too, but it has evolved over time so that now I usually add some chopped kale, spinach or mustard greens to the batter. It seems to work best when I use about 1/3 cup flour, 2/3 c water, some garlic powder and lots of greens, so the batter ends up as a thick coating for them. I cook it in a well-oiled cast iron skillet w/ a cover, stove-top, turning 1/2 way through.


I've never had socca and now I need to do both of these. I've a gigantic bag of gram flour in my cupboard that I only occasionally use so this is awesome.

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