Chickpea Flour Fries with Dipping Sauce

These fries are not the kind from France,
They make me do the Dubke dance!

Cumin, Sumac, Seven Spice
Aromas melding to entice.

These flavors from the Middle East,
Will make you want to grab and feast.

4 cups Water
2 cup Chickpea (garbanzo) Flour
1 tsp. Cumin (optional)
1 T Kosher Salt
2 cups Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup Sumac

Place the water in a pot with the salt and bring to a boil. Add the cumin to the chickpea flour. Pour into the water and whisk vigorously until all of the water is absorbed and there are no lumps, about 2-3 minutes. You are looking for the consistency of polenta. Take the pot off the heat.  There should be plenty of salt but now is the time to taste and make sure.  These fries are all about the salt.

Line a baking sheet with a silpat or wax paper. Pour the chickpea mixture onto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Set aside to firm for about 30 minutes.

After thirty minutes, take a knife and gently cut the mixture into rectangular pieces. Use your judgement as to the size.

Add the vegetable oil to a deep pan. Turn the heat to medium high. Once the oil is hot enough (you will get a nice sizzle) add some fries (about 8 at a time) and cook until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Take them out and place on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle lightly with sumac. Transfer to dish and serve immediately.

1 Cup Yogurt (thin – not thick Greek style)
2 tsp. 7 Spice (found at any mediterranean market)
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Shatta (Harissa or any other hot sauce will do)

I would leave out the cumin in the chickpea fries if you are using this sauce.  There is enough flavor in the seven spice mix. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place into a bowl for dipping.

2/3 cup Yogurt (thin – not thick Greek style)
1 small clove Garlic
1 1/2 T mint, chopped fine
1/8 tsp. Kosher Salt


  1. wow how cool great flavors love sumac

  2. Chickpea flour fries?? LOVE IT! Love the flavorings!

  3. I would love to try this! Guess what, I just bought some chickpea flour not too long ago, so I can do it! Yum! I am salivating in anticipation!

  4. I would love to eat these right now. They look wonderful!

  5. This is one great recipe. The first thing that came to my mind when I read this are the polenta fries. But there are a lot Indian snacks (and deep fried ones) which are similar and uses spiced chickpea flour. Love the rhyme 🙂

  6. Being Pakistani, I always have chickpea flour on hand, this looks so gooood! I love the dipping sauces!

  7. A lot of indian fried snacks are made with chick pea flour.I love sumac.I think it will be a great addition next time I make something with chick pea flour.Thanks for the idea Suez 🙂

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