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!
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 😀
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.
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!).
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!
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