Chickpea Tofu


Have you ever tried a tofu made of chickpea?? Its made of chickpea or garbanzo bean flour aka besan in India and is naturally gluten and soy free. It’s a great alternative if you are not a big fan of the way tofu tastes or if you don’t want to eat soy for some reason. Its really easy to make and since you make it at home you know exactly what went in it.

Chickpea flour is naturally full of nutrients and flavor and the tofu goes great in stir fry, curries, and on salad to make it more hearty. With just 5 ingredients you can make this flavorful tofu at home and be creative with how you want to use it.

You can find my post on home made soy tofu here


Serving for 2 to 3 people


1 1/2 cups chickpea flour or besan
6 cups water
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric

  1. In a large pot mix together the chickpea flour and water. Whisk to form a lump free mixture. Cover with a lid and keep on your kitchen counter overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Uncover the pot and without disturbing the mixture remove 2 to 3 cups of water or as much of it that floats on top of your mixture.
  3. Prepare a 10 x 10 non stick dish (preferable glass) by generously coating it with oil.
  4. Place a heavy bottom pot on medium heat and add oil to it.
  5. Slowly pour the chickpea mixture into the pot without disturbing the bottom too much. You will be left with a thick sludge at the bottom. Keep aside.
  6. Add Salt and turmeric and start cooking on low heat stirring the mixture continuously.
  7. Once the mixture starts turning thick in about 4 to 5 minutes add the rest of the chickpea mixture that was left in the bottom of the pot. Now mix rigorously as the mixture will turn thick very quickly. If you donโ€™t stir continuously then the mixture will become lumpy. Keep mixing on low for about 2 to 3 minutes and turn the heat off.
  8. Pour the thickened mixture into the prepared pan and level the surface of the mixture using a spatula.
  9. Cover with a tea towel and let it set for about 8 hours on your counter top.
    After the mixture has set completely turn it out on a cutting board. Cut the tofu in squares or rectangles.