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Chickpea Tofu: The Plant-Based Protein You’ve Been Looking For

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This chickpea tofu recipe is the perfect alternative to traditional tofu. Whether you’re trying to reduce your soy intake or looking to mix up your weeknight dinners, this easy recipe is a delicious choice.

Welcome to the world of chickpea flour, a culinary multitasker with an exciting use: chickpea tofu. This nutrient-rich, soy-free alternative to traditional tofu is set to become a staple in your kitchen.

Chickpea tofu’s mild flavor and pleasing texture make it a versatile addition to a range of dishes, appealing to those interested in healthful and innovative cooking. Our chickpea tofu recipe invites you to discover the versatility of plant-based ingredients in a delicious way.

How to Make Chickpea Tofu

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Chickpea tofu is easy to make and is a great alternative to regular tofu made from soybeans. (Photo: Pascal Thiele/


  • 1½ cups water
  • 200g (about 7 oz) chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Optional: a dash of turmeric


  1. Mix half the water (3/4 cup), the chickpea flour, salt and turmeric if you’re using it. The resulting dough should have a gooey consistency.
  2. Bring the rest of the water to a boil in a pot on the stove.
  3. When the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and add the chickpea flour dough. Stir until thoroughly combined. The mixture will get thick, so you may need to use some elbow grease.
  4. Leave it on the heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  5. Use the oil to lubricate a square baking tin or dish (the oil prevents sticking).
  6. Pour the mixture into the tin and use a spatula to spread it evenly.
  7. Let your chickpea tofu rest at room temperature for at least one hour. The longer it rests, the firmer it will be.

You can use this chickpea tofu recipe as a substitute for traditional tofu in any meal. 

Seasoning Tips and Recipes

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Prepare chickpea tofu the same way you prepare regular tofu. (Photo: Pascal Thiele/

You can season chickpea tofu any way you like — it tastes great no matter what you do with it. You can add smoked paprika, curry powder, homemade pesto, chili pepper flakes, dried basil, dried oregano or any other herb or spice mix. For a bit of extra flavor, you can also add a few tablespoons of soy sauce or mustard.

Chickpea tofu is an adaptable ingredient — that means you can toss it in whatever dish you’d normally use meat or regular tofu in. Add it to stir-fries, marinate it and roast it in the oven or serve it cold on a salad. 

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