There is one little pub in Vancouver I go to for their chickpea fries…OK, I also go there ’cause it’s not pretentious and it’s called a “nerd” bar. And, I’m kinda a nerd….
Point is, I can’t keep going there when I want chickpea fries. It’s not only expensive but not so good for my waistline too since those bad boys are deep fried! I decided to look online and attempted the first recipe I found. I have two little requirements in a chickpea fry: preferably done in the oven and EASY. This recipe is basic and the good thing is, you can add spices to tailor them to whatever your tastes are. I went with basic garlic, S & P and some seasoning salt…
The first step involves adding the chana (chickpea) flour mixed into COLD water and whisked over medium heat…warning: keep stirring because as it heats up the flour mixture will become thick- FAST.
Then, as the recipe states, pour the mixture into a pan, and put in the fridge….the longer the better. I chose overnight. I came home today and flipped it out…
At this point you could fry, bake, deep fry or freeze to use later. I opted to try both pan-frying and baking in the oven. Something to take note- these fries STICK BADLY….so if you have parchment paper for the oven I highly recommend it. I didn’t and it resulted in not-so-attractive fries but damn, did they taste fine! If you’re frying, make sure and not fiddle with them; let them develop a ‘crust’- if you move them too soon that yummy part will get ripped off and you’ll be crying.
While I gobbled up the pan fried ones, I loved the oven-baked ones even more. They almost “puff’ up in the oven and I was in pure food heaven.
This recipe is basic but that’s what I like about it. There is room to play and experiment with flavor. I’m pretty damn excited about this discovery and looking forward to the possibilities. Storm Crow, does this mean I won’t be by anymore? HELL NO. It means I’ll have a little bit of you, here at home with me…and maybe a little more room for another beer there Besides, the chickpea fries at Storm Crow are a million times better than mine….