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Chickpea Fries With Pea Sauce (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

a.k.a Shan Tofu
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Cuisine: Burmese, Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 203kcal


  • Blender


Chickpea Fries

  • 140 g gram flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 600 g water same as ml
  • 2 tbsp polenta for coating

Pea Sauce

  • 200 g peas frozen
  • 20 g desiccated coconut
  • handful mint leaves fresh
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lime the juice
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 100 ml water just-boiled

Serve With:

  • pickled veg


Prep Chickpea Fries

  • Prepare a baking tray (about brownie tin size) with some baking paper
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients for the chickpea fries (all but the polenta) in a large saucepan
  • Add in about 200g of the water and whisk until smooth (this may take a few minutes and some strong arms, but it is worth getting it as smooth as possible)
  • Gradually whisk in the remaining water
  • Put the saucepan on to a medium high heat and whisk until it comes to the boil, at which point you will want to swap your whisk for a wooden spoon as the mix is prone to sticking
  • Stir continuously for another 6-8 minutes on a lower heat, until the mixture is thick and gloopy.
  • Pour the mix into the lined baking tray
  • Leave to cool for about 10 minutes and then place into the fridge for about an hour (until it has set)

Pea Sauce

  • Place all the pea sauce ingredients into a heatproof bowl
  • Pour over the just boiled water and set aside for about 10 minutes
  • Blend the ingredients together until smooth (or you can leave it chunky if you prefer)
  • Taste the sauce and season. Set aside until serving

Chickpea Fries

  • Heat the oven to 200°c (fan)
  • Take the set mix out of the fridge and pull the mix from the tray using the baking paper and set on to a chopping board
  • Slice the mix into fries, I normally make about 20 pieces
  • Sprinkle the polenta on a plate or board and roll the individual fries in it until they have an even coating
  • Line a flat baking tray with some more baking paper or foil and then place the fries on to it
  • Put the tray into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes (make sure to turn them over halfway through) - you can coat them with a little oil if you want


  • Serve up the fries with the sauce, I also like to serve them with a pickled veg side