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Make your own chickpea flour in minutes with this simple process. Just one ingredient and five minutes needed!
Did you know you can make your own chickpea flour at home? It’s actually quite easy and much more affordable than buying pre-made chickpea flour at the store. Never overpay for chickpea flour again!
Have you heard of chickpea flour or garbanzo flour? It’s similar to Gram flour or besan but made with white chickpeas instead of split brown chickpeas. Although it’s found often in Asian and ME dishes, it seems to be becoming more mainstream and trendy.
It’s also incredibly affordable to make your own chickpea flour at home, especially if you already have a high speed blender or coffee grinder at home. We have a Ninja and love it. Dried chickpeas come in one pound bags for less than $2 in most places making it a much better deal than most organic flour prices. Might as well make your own chickpea flour at home that you can have ready in minutes!
Why use chickpea flour?
Chickpea flour is full of healthy nutrients and can be a great alternative to refined wheat flours. It’s gluten-free and lower in carbs but rich in protein and fiber.
What you’ll need
- dried chickpeas
- sieve or mesh strainer
- blender or coffee/spice grinder
How to make
No need to presoak or dehydrate. Dried chickpeas are already dry and you will be using the flour to cook or bake with so no additional cooking is necessary.
You may need to process in batches depending on how large your blender or coffee grinder is.
Blend on high for two to three minutes until a flour-like consistency forms. It’s ok to still have larger pieces as we will sift these out.
Over a bowl, sift the flour using a fine mesh strainer to remove the large pieces. You can reprocess these for another two to three minutes and sift again to maximize the amount of flour you get out of it. You can also use a coffee or spice grinder on these larger pieces to grind them even further but you may still need to resift.
How to use chickpea flour
Chickpea flour can be used in a variety of ways. One that is becoming more popular is a Chickpea Flour Scramble. It can also be used to thicken sauces or as a binder in veggie burgers.
You can even substitute it for regular white all-purpose flour. Use 3/4 cup chickpea flour for every 1 cup of regular white flour. You can substitute up to half the amount of white all-purpose flour called for in a recipe with chickpea flour. This is best for things like quick breads and yeast breads but it can be used for so many recipe types: omelettes, bread, cake, cookies, pizza dough etc.
How to store
Store in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks in a cool dry place. For longer storage, keep in a refrigerator.
Recipes that use Chickpea flour
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The Easiest Homemade Chickpea Flour
- 1 lb chickpeas dried, uncooked
- You may need to process in batches depending on how large your blender or coffee grinder is. Blend on high for two to three minutes until a flour-like consistency forms. It's ok to still have large pieces as we will sift these out.
- Over a bowl, sift the flour using a fine mesh strainer to remove the large pieces. You can reprocess these for another two to three minutes and sift again. You can also use a coffee or spice grinder on these large pieces to grind them even further but you may still need to resift.
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