Was in the mood for some baked veggie fingers, didn't have tofu, but what I did have... was a jar full of chickpea flour. I prepared a batch of spicy, green scallion 'chickpea tofu' and coated it with breadcrumbs. With this, I prepared some baked chickpea fingers!
The lemon juice adds flavour to the crumbs, no need for eggs or flour.
I had these with sambal oelek, it's spicy but works well with the dish. I've been pairing this condiment with a lot of my foods lately, I'm sure these would also be good with a sweet mustard dip!
Left-over breading will keep for weeks if stored in an airtight container.
- vegetable bouillon 360 ml
- chickpea flour 110 g
- salt 1.25 g
- ground turmeric 2.5 g
- chili pepper flakes 15 g
- water 360 ml
- scallions 2 stalks
- In a pot, add 360 ml (1 1/2 cups) of vegetable bouillon and bring to a rolling boil.
- Mix 110 g (1 cup) of chickpea flour with 1.25 g (1/4 tsp) of salt, 2.5 g (1/2 tsp) of ground turmeric and 15 g (1 tbsp) of chili pepper flakes. Add 360 ml (1 1/2 cups) of water and stir until the mixture is lump-free.
- Lower heat to medium, and pour in chickpea batter. Whisk continuously for 5-10 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
- Remove from heat, add 2 stalks of chopped scallions and mix well. Pour into a 8x8 baking dish lined with a baking mat. Smooth out top with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Let cool and set for 1 hour, then refrigerate for a little while longer before cutting. Cut into 24 strips.
- fresh bread 5 slices
- Take 5 slices of bread, and tear them into small bits using your fingers. It's easier to do that with a food processor, but not necessary.
- Preheat your oven at 150 °C (300 °F). Lay the crumbs down in a thin layer over a baking sheet, laying them out this way ensures even browning. Bake the bread bits for 5 minutes. After that time, shake them around the tray, and bake them for an additional 5 minutes. Keep an eye on me them to make sure they don't burn! Let cool.
- nutritional yeast 10 g
- lemon juice 50 ml
- Preheat oven to 220 °C (425 °F).
- Mix 150 g (1 cup) of dried breadcrumbs with 10g (1/4 cup) of nutritional yeast. Spread out thinly onto a plate.
- Pour 45 ml (3 tbsp) of lemon juice in a separate plate.
- Take a slice of the chickpea tofu and dip into the lemon juice, making sure all sides are covered, then dip into the breadming mix. Make sure all sides are well coated.
- Place on baking sheet lined a baking mat, season with black pepper and salt. Spray lightly with olive oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes, flip, bake for another 15 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce of choice!