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Chickpea Fries
Chickpea flour, also sold under the name besan, is basically dried and pulverized chickpeas. Cooked in a process somewhat like making polenta, it creates a thick pudding that hardens as it's chilled to make a protein-rich dish that can be crisped up into fries on its own or added to things like stir-fries in place of chicken or tofu. 
Cooking spray
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. fresh rosemary, minced
1 1/2 t. chili paste
4 c. water
2 c. chickpea flour
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Chickpea Fries

Chickpea Fries

Chickpea Fries
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  • Servings:6 (215 g)
  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:360 minutes
1. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and rosemary and cook until the onion is tender. Stir in the sambal oelek.
3. Add the water and bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in the chickpea flour until smooth.
4. Reduce the heat to low and whisk until thick, 6-8 minutes minutes.
5. Spread in the baking pan and press plastic wrap on the surface, using your fingers to even it out as needed. Refrigerate until firm, 4-6 hours.
6. Heat a large, non-stick skillet and spray with cooking spray. Cut the chickpea mixture into large fries and pat dry with paper towels. Fry until golden, 4-5 minutes per side. Serve hot.