Chickpea chips with chipotle mayonnaise

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the chips

500ml water
1 1/2 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
65ml extra-virgin olive oil
210g chickpea flour (available in speciality markets and health food stores)
Vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the chipotle mayonnaise

85ml mayonnaise
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. chipotle chilli in adobo sauce, chopped
1) Oil a 20 by 30cm baking pan and place a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper on the bottom.

2) Put the water, salt, pepper and olive oil in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Gradually pour in the chickpea flour while whisking, once all the flour is in, whisk rapidly until the mixture is thick and most of the lumps have been worked out, like a thick pancake batter, about 1 minute. Take care to adjust the heat so the batter doesn't boil or it will become too thick.

3) Immediately scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out with a small spatula. Lay another piece of wax or parchment paper on top and smooth with your hands to create a thin, even layer. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.

4) Meanwhile, whisk all the mayonnaise ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

5) When chickpea mixture is set and cool, trim the edges and turn onto a cutting board. Cut lengthwise down the middle, then cut each piece into chips measuring about 10cm by 1cm, or cut into triangles or rounds with a cutter.

6) Heat about 5cm of oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 190C. Line a large plate with paper towels.

7) Working in batches, carefully slip the chickpea chips into the oil, and fry until crisp and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Remove with a slotted spoon to the prepared plate. Serve the chickpea fries warm with the chipotle mayonnaise.

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