Chickpea, Gram or Besan flour, is a pulse gluten-free flour made from chickpeas that are stone ground down into a fine flour.It lends a sweet, rich flavor to baked goods.
Chickpeas are loaded with protein and dietary fiber and are a good source of iron. Chickpea flour‚ is popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking and baking. Use it in dishes like falafel, hummus, socca, farinata, papadums and pakoras. It is also a wonderful ingredient for gluten-free baking. Try it in crackers, pizza crusts and breads. Chickpea flour also works well in cakes or quick breads with strong flavours like chocolate and pumpkin. It can also be used to thicken soups, sauces or gravies.
Use Chickpea flour to replace up to 25% of the flour in your baking to increase protein and fiber.
Not only can chickpea flour play a part in gluten-free baking, it also makes a great substitute for egg in recipes that require a batter.