Where can I buy chickpea flour from? My local asian grocery store
stocks everything but this ingredient - which is a shame when kofta
balls are eagerly desired.
Would plain flour make an OK substitute when desperate?
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Lizzie M, Enmore, Sydney, Australia
Thanks for your letter regarding chickpea flour - an ingredient
with many names!
Indian-style chick pea flour is actually made from chana
dal, a smaller darker skinned cousin (not being politically
correct here!) of the chickpea, and not from actual chickpeas.
So sometimes there is some confusion due to the alternative names
for chickpea flour. It is also called chana flour, chana
dal flour, gram flour, dal flour, gram dal
flour, pea flour and besan flour. You may find
it at that same store under any of those names.
Otherwise any Indian store in Sydney will definitely have it, under
any of the above name, but most commonly as besan flour (pronounced
similar to ‘basin’, as in sink).
Actual chickpea flour (made from actual chickpeas) is popular in
Italian cuisine and so is available from well-stocked Italian shops
and goes by the name farina di ceci.
Plain flour would work as a substitute, in fact many flours would
work, but they will certainly not yield the unique nutty depth of
flavour that chick peas flour gives.
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