All About Chickpeas!
Chickpeas have many different uses in the food space and are so versatile that they should be a staple in all kitchens (especially vegans).
Chickpea flour is naturally dense, with a stickier texture than all-purpose flour when added to liquids. Because of these traits, it makes a fantastic binder for baking (use it 1:1 to replace heavy flours like rye or teff) or for dishes that need a little extra stability (think veggie burgers or fritters).
Chickpea flour makes for an incredibly light batter when frying. Simply mix it with spices and club soda before battering and frying your favourite foods to create an easy tempura-like texture. The flour can also be the base for savoury waffles or act as a great thickener for sauces and soups.
Canned Chickpea water (Aqufaba)
The next time you open a can of chickpeas, think before you drain it. It turns out, that leftover liquid is kind of magic. Known as aquafaba or chickpea water, it can be used as a vegan substitute in many recipes that call for eggs or egg whites. Meringues, fancy, foamy cocktails, mayo—it may seem crazy, but it really does work!
Blended Chickpeas (Hummus)
What is hummus? It is a creamy, thick spread made primarily from mashed chickpeas and a few other healthy ingredients that has become popular worldwide over the past couple of decades.
So what is hummus good for? Here are the top eight hummus benefits:
Good Source of plant-based protein
Fights Illness and Disease
Helps Digestion and Intestinal Health
High in Vitamins and Minerals
Supports Bone Health
Protects Heart Health
Boosts Your Energy