Chickpea fries with pea pesto

Mira Weiner
4 servings Prep: 15 mins, Cooking: 30 mins, Chill/rest/proof: 2 hrs
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Celebrate World Vegan Day with a crisp and delicious plant-based recipe! These flavoursome chickpea fries with a vibrant green pea pesto really hit the spot!

By Independent Contributor November 01 2021
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Ingredients (18)

For the chickpea fries
2 1/4 cup chickpea flour
2 3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup mixed vegetables — carrots and baby marrows, grated
1/4 cup red onion — finely chopped
1/4 cup spring onions — finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp vegetable stock
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt and black pepper
dried chilli flakes — optional
For the pea pesto
1 1/2 cup peas — blanced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh mint
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
pinch sea salt
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Grease a 20cmx30cm container (a glass Pyrex dish works well) with olive oil.  Sift the chickpea flour into a pot, slowly add the water mixing continuously so the batter doesn’t lump together, you want a smooth light batter.  Then add the remaining ingredients and combine well.

Place the pot on a low heat and continuously whisk the mixture while it thickens.  It should become a stiff dry mix like polenta or pap.  Immediately pour into the greased dish, this needs to be done quickly or the mixture will set.  Smooth the surface of the mixture with a spatula and allow to cool.  Once cool, refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

To make the pea pesto, combine all the ingredients in a food processor or Nutribullet and pulse.  If you prefer a thick  chunky pesto don’t over blend and if you want a creamy green sauce then blend for longer.

Once the chickpea mix has set, remove from the fridge and gently slide out of the container.  Slice into desired shapes and place into the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer.  Select Air Fry on high (204C) and cook for 12 minutes or until crispy.  

Serve the fries hot with the pea pesto dipping sauce and enjoy!

Recipe reprinted with permission from Mira Weiner, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based recipe inspiration. Images captured by Samantha Lowe.

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