When I’m working on books I never really know what recipes to share on the blog, and what can wait for the book. This is something I knew I had to share right away.
It’s not the same as soy tofu – it doesn’t have the same texture or taste, but it is a protein-rich medium for all kinds of delicious sauces (like chermoula, pictured above), or to be fried up and used in a variety of recipes, like the grain-free pad thai from my next book, pictured below.
It can also be cut into chip shapes, shallow fried and enjoyed as a high-protein alternative to potato chips, to turn a chip sandwich into a balanced meal.
I’ve based my recipe around a combination of things – Burmese tofu has been traditionally made with chickpea flour for a long time, but typically involves a lot of prep time and tricky steps, and while this would reduce the phytic acid in the tofu, it makes the process a lot slower. With my recipe the tofu can be ready to use in under 45 minutes. If you’re good with planning ahead and want to make the tofu as nutritious as possible then the batter can definitely be soaked for 8 hours or more before heating it up, otherwise enjoy this cheap, fast and tasty homemade alternative to tofu.
Soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, low fat, nightshade-free, onion- and garlic-free, under 45 minutes
Makes 4-6 serves
2 1/2 cups chickpea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups cold water
Line or grease a 20x30cm (8×12″) pan.
In a heavy-bottomed chef’s pan, frying pan or saucepan place the chickpea flour and salt, and squash out any lumps. Add water a little at a time, making sure that no lumps form.
Turn on the heat to medium and stir continuously until very thick. I make this on an electric stove in a 9 1/2″ (24cm) chef’s pan and it takes around 7 minutes. If you’re using a gas stove it will be quicker, if you’re using a smaller saucepan it will take longer.
As soon as the mixture is very thick, quickly spread it into the prepared pan, pressing to form a flat, even surface (it will set very quickly). Leave to set for at least half an hour before using as tofu.
To remove from the pan first slice into whatever shape you want them to be, and gently lift up. I find that lining the pan with a silicon baking mat or some baking paper makes it a lot easier to remove.
This will keep in the fridge for up to a week and can be used in all kinds of recipes that call for tofu.
Posted on July 27, 2012, in cooking, recipes and tagged chickpeas, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, high protein vegan, low fat, nightshade-free, onion- and garlic-free, quick recipes, recipes, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian. Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.