If you are thinking how it is ever possible to make French fries without potatoes, let alone making them healthy, then, think again! Made with Chickpea flour (Besan) , these chickpea fries can pass off as the best French fries in a heartbeat and have almost no carbs (theory of relativity, compare with potato fries), have a high protein content and are so darn yummilicious!

Chickpea Fries, tastes just like French Fries, just wthout the strachy potatoes (and better protein content).

French Fries are guilty indulgence for most of us. While deep frying is on one end of the culprit spectrum, the starchy potatoes just pile on the calories. An empty bowl of French fries by the couch invokes as much shame in me as being found guilty at a crime scene! I am not making light of murder, you guys! I am making snacking on French fries, a crime 😀

Chickpea Fries, tastes just like French Fries, just wthout the strachy potatoes (and better protein content).

Well you have, few alternatives left in this scenario. I for one, pretty much try to tread the guilt-free path at every possible opportunity (I mean, I am no skinny girl and I do indulge but I try :P). Like this Hasselback Zucchini recipe where I substitute the light-heart green veggie zucchini for the heavy, starchy potatoes. Or this baked potato wedges recipe where I skip the deep fryer and head over to the oven to lessen the calorie pile-on.

Making French fries without potatoes, I call them healthy chips

This time , I found an all new way to enjoy my fries. I skipped the potatoes and I went for a low carb,  high protein option, “Chickpea Flour”. Now,now. I know you are all bursting with “But, it is deep fried!!”. Yes, chickpea fries are deep fried. But people, if you remove potatoes and deep frying from French fries, all you are left with is **** like sugarless, fat free, dairy free, ice-cream (more like-taste free!).

Making French fries without potatoes, I call them healthy chips

You see, the trick to creating a tasty healthier alternative is to keep the soul of the unhealthy version alive. Like with these chickpea fries aka French fries without potatoes, the final dish looks like French fries, smells like French fries and tastes almost (like 97.5%, don’t ask me how I came up with that number) like French fries but the calories are cut down by more than half. Now, wouldn’t you call it “Healthy Chips”? Of course you would!

Chickpea Fries, tastes just like French Fries, just without the starchy potatoes (and better protein content).

By the way did I mention these healthy chips come with the recipe for a healthy yogurt dip? Yes, they do! Did I tell you that making chickpea fries is as easy as doodling on a piece of paper while chatting on the phone? Yes, it is! So, head over and make your evening snack, a healthy one (umm… healthier one?).

Here is the recipe for:

French Fries without Potato


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 3-5



    For the Chickpea Fries
  • 1 & ½ + ½ cups water
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (Besan)
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  • For the Yogurt Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp of grated garlic
  • 1 tbsp of chopped mint leaves
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Salt to season


  1. Place 1 and ½ cups of water in a pot with the salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Whisk together chickpea flour, red chili powder and turmeric. Now add upto 1/2 cup water into this in small quantities and continue whisking it to form a lump-free, free-flowing paste. Add the entire ½ cup water only if required.
  3. Once the water in the pot starts boiling, reduce the heat to a medium high and add the chickpea flour paste in a steady stream while whisking vigourously.
  4. Continue whisk until all of the water is absorbed and there are no lumps, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. We are looking for the consistency of polenta (or upma).
  6. Take the pot off the heat. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet with parchment/wax paper.
  7. Spread evenly. Let it cool off to room temperature (about 5 minutes)
  8. Refrigerate the tray for at least an hour. This, firms up the mixture and helps to avoid breaking during the deep frying process.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare the dip. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Keep it chilled.
  10. When you are ready to fry them, heat up oil in a deep pan.
  11. Once the oil is hot enough for frying, take the tray out of the refrigerator and cut the set mixture into fry-like rectangles.
  12. Cook until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Take them out and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  13. Garnish with parsley, paprika or chat masala and serve immediately with the dip.

My Take:

For different flavors you can try adding these into the boiling pot of water before adding the chickpea flour paste

• Cumin powder + Garam masala

• Chopped parsley (finely chopped or the mixture won’t spread evenly) You can also dip into ranch.

Yummily Yours'


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  1. Very nice recipe Prashanthi. I am sure they will taste delicious.

  2. Interesting and creative idea you got there Prash. I will be trying this very soon. Will keep you updated.

  3. Yummyy… Innovative Recipe. I was try it & tasted, it’s so Delicious… 🙂

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