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Photo by Soup Lover-Sue

Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Chino, California, USA
Living In: San Clemente, California, USA
Soup Lover-Sue is looking for: (7 recommendations)
Anyone used Grabanzo Bean Flour? What did you use it for?

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Last updated: Mar. 12, 2013 3:46 pm
Posted: Mar. 11, 2013 4:20 pm
 
Commented by: NadineM
Mar. 11, 2013 6:50 pm
Garbanzo bean flour (a.k.a. gram flour, chana flour, besan, chickpea, or cici flour) should be a pantry staple. Unlike other bean flours, garbanzo bean flour does not have to be combined with other flours (although you can do it if you wish). Garbanzo flour is high in protein and gives a slightly “beany” flavor to baked goods.
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Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 12:50 pm
Nadine is so very correct! There are so many names (mostly Indian) for garbanzo/chickpea flour! I use it in Indian cooking, almost always for pakoras - a gluten-free batter for frying vegs. See below...
 
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Photo of: Garbanzo-Oat Pancakes

Garbanzo-Oat Pancakes

Submitted by: sueb 
Living In: Prattville, Alabama, USA
Garbanzo flour, oats, and cornmeal make these delicious wheat-free pancakes a hearty breakfast staple. 
Recommended by: sueb
Mar. 12, 2013 3:22 am
These are good!
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sueb
Mar. 12, 2013 3:28 am
AR used to have some candy recipes with garbanzo bean flour. Maybe they are no longer in the system, I can't seem to find them. I made two of the recipes for candy, but wasn't thrilled with either one. The taste was OK, but it just wasn't my type of food.
 
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Besan (Gram Flour) Halwa

Submitted by: SUSMITA 
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
If you like the flavor of chickpea flour (besan) in sweets, you will love this halwa. Your kids may gobble it up even before it has a chance to cool down.  
Recommended by: sueb
Mar. 12, 2013 3:33 am
I just thought of the other name for garbanzo beans---chickpeas. That is where to look to find more recipes! Here is one of the candy recipes.
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Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:23 pm
This looks tasty. I've made something similar: Besan Ladoo
 
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Spicy Potato Noodles (Bataka Sev)

Submitted by: Doughgirl8 
Home Town: Northfield, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Chickpea flour and mashed potatoes get heat and flavor from fresh green chiles, ginger, garlic, and turmeric in this crispy fried snack. 
Recommended by: sueb
Mar. 12, 2013 3:34 am
Seeing my photo of this reminded me of a recipe I should make again!
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Pixie2
Mar. 12, 2013 8:39 am
http://manjuzkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/07/savoury-chickpea-flour-pancakes-besan.html
 
Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:17 pm
Hi ladies!! Thanks so much sueb (& Doughgirl8 & Soup Lover Sue) for this sev recipe!!!!!!!! I'll be making this sooner than later!
 
Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:22 pm
OMG Pixie! That veg pancake looks amazing! Into my "Indian Recipes" file folder it goes, also to be made sooner than later!
 
Pixie2
Mar. 12, 2013 3:46 pm
Hi Rihanna!!! It's also called besan puda My dh loves that You can mke it with almost anything like an omelette!!
 
Commented by: Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 12:56 pm
I have made the following a couple of weeks ago. It's not the usual batter of pakoras because it is a "dry batter" which mostly relies on the moisture extracted from the onions & jalapenos. It was good & flavorful, but add a bit of water & fry small flat clumps of it.
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Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 12:56 pm
http://www.vahrehvah.com/Onion+Pakoda:65
 
Commented by: Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:00 pm
Here's another, more typical, wet batter for pakoras:
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Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:01 pm
http://www.vahrehvah.com/pakora+pakoda:2941
 
Commented by: Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:11 pm
Here's another typical wet pakora batter, using different spices to season it. (If you have questions about the different spices/names, ask me/The Buzz - I'll try to check back but I can't promise I'll see/find this thread again - I haven't been on here for ages. Arrgh! I really should become a PRO member so I can blog about these kinds of things! Names of spices in India have several forms due to the many languages in India, & to complicate it further, some spices are unknown or even unavailable in USA! I'll say this: CURRY LEAVES ( not the curry powder!!) are worth searching out - unique, unsubstitutable aromatic leaves which can be frozen - & you can get away with skipping "chaat masala" in pakoras/bhajjis.
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Rhianna
Mar. 12, 2013 1:11 pm
http://www.vahrehvah.com/Vegetable+Pakora:86
 
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