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Peacefood Cafe’s Award Winning Chickpea Fries [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Crispy and flavorful, these chickpea fries from Peacefood Cafe are absolutely addicting! They're made from chickpea flour, which gives them a fluffy texture, and flavored with coconut shreds, nutritional yeast, and a delicious blend of spices. Serve with dairy-free Caesar dipping sauce on the side or with your favorite sauce!

Peacefood Cafe's Award Winning Chickpea Fries [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


For the Chickpea Fries:

  •  1 1/2 cups chickpea flour (preferably besan gram flour)
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tablespoon each of minced garlic and ginger
  • 1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 tablespoons of blended spices (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed for baking
  • 2 cups olive oil for deep-frying option

For the Caesar Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 oz tofu sour cream or other vegan sour cream
  • 2 1/2 oz of vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/2 piece of fermented bean curd (available in glass jars at Asian market)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine water, nutritional yeast, dried fenugreek leaves, and shredded unsweetened coconut; stir to mix these ingredients well.  Then, set them aside in a bowl.
  2. In a heavy pot, pour in olive oil, minced garlic, and ginger and saute them over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add blended spice mix, and saute for another minute, then pour mixture into another pot along with the flour. Stir constantly at this point to keep dough from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Stir the mixture with slowly increased flame for about 15 minutes until thicken, remove the mixture from the heat, add salt and pepper for taste.
  3. Transfer the thicken mixture to the prepared cookie sheet. Spread evenly and let it cool down. Then, refrigerate overnight.
  4. To serve the fries, cut out mixture into 3-inch length x 3/4-inch width rectangles. Deep fry them in preheated 350°F oil of choice OR bake them in preheated 350°F oven until they are golden brown. Serve immediately with Peacefood’s Caesar dipping sauce.
  5. To make the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.


For the spice blend, use a pinch each of ground coriander, turmeric, cumin, chili, fenugreek seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom seeds, bay leaf, fennel, and onion flakes.





Eric, a former antique dealer for 20 years, fulfilled his life- long dream of opening up peacefood café on the Upper West Side in Manhattan with his life partner Peter Lu, an interior designer by profession. Eric and Peter became vegetarian in 2001 and vegan in 2007; they want to share this peaceful way of eating with the world by creating an internationally inspired menu and a full on premise bakery which is headed by talented vegan baker Kristin Kolnacki.



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