Chickpea Kabocha Fries. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe Fat-free option

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Its time for some savory snacking. Chickpea flour fries. And that gorgeous color is because of some roasted Kabocha in them..
I baked up the whole Kabocha the other day.. just like this whole Roasted butternut Scrubbed it clean, wiped it, punched a few knife holes in it and put it in the oven at 330 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Sliced it in half. Scooped out the inards and we are good to go. Used some to make Kabocha rice and lentil crepes and some in these fries.. Though I think I need a squash break now.. :)

These Chickpea fries are awesome finger food. They can be frozen for weeks, baked or grilled with or without oil or pan fried. I added ranch seasoning to the batter itself, so u can eat the fries as is without a dip, or use any of your favorite dips or sauces. Let me know some of your favorite dips recipes and I will link some up on the post! My current fave is the Chipotle Ranch at veggiegrill.
Change up the seasoning, or skip the spices.. tons of variations..
Make them!

Short post again today.. crappy eye alert..

More Savory Snack and Breakfast options see the collection here.


Squash all baked.

In a pan, add all the ingredients and start whisking on low-medium heat.

Whisk Whisk.

Cook until the batter feels quite stiff.

Pour the batter onto parchment or greased sheet.

Let it cool and set.
Cut it up. Bake, grill or pan fry.
Brushed will oil and being grilled on grill pan on stove top high heat below.

Serve hot!

Chickpea Kabocha Fries. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe
Allergy Information: Dairy, egg, corn, soy, yeast, nut, Gluten free. Oil free when baked without oil.
Makes 14-18 fries 

1/2 cup Chickpea flour(besan/garbanzo bean flour. You can also use garbanzo-fava bean flour)
1/3 to 1/2 cup well mashed roasted Kabocha squash(or any other squash or 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato)
3/4 cup water
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ranch seasoning(Garlic, Onion, Dill, Parsley, Chives and a touch of Pepper). or other spices of choice)
black pepper to taste

In a bowl or directly in the pan, add all the ingredients and whisk.
Heat the pan on low-medium heat and keep whisking to combine all the ingredients.
Whisk whisk for 4-6 minutes until the batter starts get thick and stiff.
You will be able to feel the stiffness and the batter will not move easily at all.
Drop the gelatinous batter onto parchment or greased sheet.
Spread using an oiled(or wet with water) spatula keeping it 1/4-1/2 inch thick and let set. an hour in refrigerator or 20 minutes in the freezer. 
Cut the set batter into strips. (At this point, the strips can be frozen. Thaw and proceed to grill/bake.)
Then either bake or pan fry or grill. Brush a little oil on the fries or the pan.
Pan fry for 2-3 minutes each side on medium-high heat. Or Grill them.
For Baked: Broil on Low for 4-5 minutes then broil on High for half a minute to a minute(depends on how crisp you want the fries).
The fries can be baked or grilled without any oil too.
I sprinkled some cajun spice on them and served with sriracha:).

You can also make these without the mashed squash. Use a scant 1 cup water with 1/2 cup chickpea flour. Or make these soy free tofu satays into fries.
Add some spices/herbs to the batter. The ranch spices masked the chickpea taste beautifully.

The fries on the side in the below picture are Baked without oil.

Cadrys post Vegan Food is just Food is such a well written post that I decided to mention it today.
Someone posted on my personal profile once that they hated vegan food as they had some at a restaurant and it was so bland and horrible..
Its like saying.. oh I dont like this green curry, so I hate thai food from now on.
or oh this burger is yuck, uncooked, stale sauce etc. so I wont eat any burgers anymore!
Seriously its just food. Its healthy, delicious, cruelty free food. Most of a food plate is vegan already.. the veggies, sauces, beans, lentils, breads.. As Andrea mentions in the comments, all that taste in a turkey.. comes from the plant based filling and spices.

You should see me when I figure out the vegan version of something I have been working on for a while.. or even something I just randomly put together and it comes out awesome..  Its an amazing feeling.. that this stuff is awesome! everyone should eat it. :)

No I dont salivate when I see a huge slice of butter and egg filled, death by chocolate cake, because I can make it cruelty free and enjoy it even more.(recipe coming soon). and sometimes also buy the plant based version! The alternate option availability is increasing day by day. 
I dont live to eat, but I love to enjoy food.. good food. interesting that does not have a history of pain, fear, torture, death... and plant based is where you will find the best.  

These chickpea flour fries are being shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays., Ricki's Wellness weekend, Allergy Free wednesdays.


  1. I've never had kobocha squash before. I love sweet potatoes though, so maybe I will like it too?! I will have to keep an eye out for it.

    1. Yup.. it should work with mashed sweet potato too.. use about a 1/3 cup:)

  2. Richa- you have outdone yourself! These look so good! Kabocha is one of my favorite squashes too. :-)

    1. oh i need a squash break:) i keep getting a squash every week in the csa delivery and keep trying to finish them up!:)

  3. did you make these just for me, because i feel like you did. going to the TOP of my vegan richa to make list.

    ps- made a vegan richa inspired mexican pizza last night. SO GOOD. used the oat crust and a simplified(ie no spice) version of your refried beans. topped with lettuce, avocado, tomato, and vegan sour cream ;)

    1. Awesome! Make some fries:)

      Awesome on the refried beans pizza too:) i am so glad you are loving that crust:)

  4. I love Kobucha Squash and i've heard chickpea fries are really good but never tried them. This recipe looks so good i'm going to have to try it out now for sure! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. do try it out.. it is easy and addictive!:)

  5. Oh, thank you for the kind words, Richa! So lovely of you to mention my post! With the gorgeous food you make and pictures you take, you're changing that "vegan stigma" one recipe at a time!

    I need to make chickpea fries. It seems that chickpeas in any form only make things better!

    1. i hope so too:) cant imagine people calling poison control on me ;)
      true that about the chickpea:)

  6. [ Smiles ] I LOVE chickpeas and you have provided me with a recipe in which I can use it in.

    Thank you!

    1. Thank you. i love chickpeas too. do try these fries:)

  7. i have never seen or had kabocha fries but i have a sweet potato waiting to be used-will be trying this out :) Although I am not an vegetarian or vegan, I do enjoy plant based diet quite frequently and there are so many recipes and techniques, substitutions one can make to create healthy, delicious meal & desserts.

    1. great.. do let me know when you try it out..:) great to hear you keep trying plant based meals:)

  8. So Creative Richa! I am loving all the recent recipes using chickpea flour - thanks for sharing Cadry's post too, I really enjoyed reading it!

    1. yay, rescued your comment from spam again.. how do i tell blogger to unspam you!
      chickpea flour is quite a versatile thing:)
      i loved her post.. its hilarious and at the same time makes some excellent points!

  9. I love making fries from chickpea flour! Usually I just season them with salt and pepper afterwards and eat them with ketchup, but I love your version with the seasoning added to the batter and adding mashed squash. I bet the sweet potato version would be amazing too, I definitely have to try that! Thanks for the tip on freezing too - now I know that I can make a bigger batch and have them whenever I want :)

    1. i know right.. add some spice to the batter. the taste changes drmatically!:) oh yes.. definitely make a bigger batch!

  10. I shall be making some of these tomorrow - we love chickpeas any which way, and we enjoy chips now and then - these with some roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and tomatoes should be really tasty:) thank you!

    1. Oh yes.. these can be added instead of tempeh!:))

  11. I adore kabocha squash although I can only get it about one week a year. Boo. HOWEVER... Vegan Richa on the PPK Top 100 list. Holy Cow girl. Congrats on some well earned kudos. It's like winning the Vegan Oscars. Well done!!!

    1. You can make these without the squash!
      Hell yeah!! super awesomeness indeed!!:))) Thank you Thank you:)

  12. Unreal! I need one of those grill mark pans STAT! Love this Richa

    1. those grill pans are awesome.. no need to start up the bbq or oven!

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  14. Wow these look amazing! I love the gorgeous colour and can only imagine the amazing flavour from the kabocha! I bet these would be awesome with a spicy dipping sauce!

  15. These look scrumptious! I'd imagine you could use canned pumpkin instead of the squash if you're in a hurry (or too lazy to cook a squash). I can't wait to try these.

  16. These look so delicious! I love fries like this, can't wait to make these!

  17. These look delicious! I love chickpea fries but have never had them with squash, must try!


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