Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Author Notes: These Fries are made with Chickpea Flour. They are super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The dipping sauce is a perfect combination for these tasty fries.Justforlicks

Food52 Review: WHO: Justforlicks lives in California and writes over at the website
WHAT: Your average fry gets lighter, airier, and sexier.
HOW: Make a polenta-esque mixture of chickpea flour and water, then cool it on a baking sheet. Slice and fry. Sprinkle with sumac, and dunk!
WHY WE LOVE THEM: These fries are fantastic on their own; they fry up golden and perfect, and are at once puffy, crispy, and pudding-y. But when dunked in their sauce, they become completely irresistible.
The Editors

Serves 10 to 12

Chickpea Fries

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Sumac, for dusting
  1. Place the water in a pot with the salt and bring to a boil. Add the cumin to the chickpea flour. Pour into the water and whisk vigorously until all of the water is absorbed and there are no lumps, about 2-3 minutes. You are looking for the consistency of polenta. Take the pot off the heat. There should be plenty of salt but now is the time to taste and make sure. These fries are all about the salt.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or wax paper. Pour the chickpea mixture onto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Set aside to firm for about 30 minutes.
  3. After thirty minutes, take a knife and gently cut the mixture into rectangular pieces. Use your judgement as to the size.
  4. Add the vegetable oil to a deep pan. Turn the heat to medium high. Once the oil is hot enough (you will get a nice sizzle) add some fries (about 8 at a time) and cook until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Take them out and place on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle lightly with sumac. Transfer to dish and serve immediately.

Yogurt Mint Dipping Sauce

  • 2/3 cup yogurt (thin -- not Greek style)
  • 1 clove garlic, small and chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mint, chopped fine
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
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