It's not very often that I eat something fried, but when I do it has to be worth my time and effort. This is the time of year that I would be thinking about making Zucchini Fritters, but since the garden is slow on production, I improvised.
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a staple in my house. I love them in hummus, salads, chili, and now fritters. My youngest granddaughter has been known to eat an entire cup of chickpeas in one sitting. And she's only 16 months old! (She must get her good taste in beans from yours truly.☺)Low in fat, but high in fiber and folic acid, chickpeas are a great way to go meatless without sacrificing protein. They are also incredibly inexpensive, which makes this a very frugal AND gluten-free dish.☺
1 cup gluten-free flour blend (*see below for blend)
1-1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. sea salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk (can use unsweetened almond, rice, or hemp milk, if desired)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1-2/3 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 Tb. chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tb. chopped fresh parsley
sea salt & ground pepper, to taste
sunflower oil, for frying
*Gluten-free flour blend: 1 cup brown rice flour
2/3 cup sorghum flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour/starch
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add the egg and milk and stir into the flour. Use a whisk to make a smooth batter.
Stir in the onions, chickpeas, cilantro, and parsley.
Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet. (Cast iron is great!) Add the batter in approximately 1/4 cup sized proportions. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Cook for 3-4 minutes; carefully flip the fritter over and cook until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes.
Drain on paper towels. Keep warm while you fry the remaining fritters. Add more oil to the pan as needed.
*This recipe was adapted from the cookbook, Gluten, Wheat, & Dairy Free.
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