Culinary Quest Part 2

In the quest for the perfect substitute for chips and salsa, here is my second Indian-food inspired concoction… Besan Paare and Tomato Chutney!


Besan Paare “chips” with tomato chutney “salsa”. Delish finished product!


See the last post “Fried Plantains and Tomato Chutney”   for the chutney recipe… here is the recipe for Besan Paare.

1 cup flour

1 cup Besan flour (chickpea flour)

4 TBSP oil

1 ¼ tsp salt

1 tsp chili flakes

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ cup water


Mix all the dry ingredients. Add oil and just enough water to create a smooth but firm dough. Cover the ball of dough with a damp cloth for 10 minutes. Knead for another minute and then divide dough into 4 parts. Make each part into a flattened ball and then roll thin into 9” circles. Prick the dough with a fork frequently. Cut into ½” x 3”slices. Heat ½”-1” oil in a medium pot and fry the slices until lightly golden brown. Place on a piece of newspaper after they finish cooking to drain the excess oil.


Besan Paare dough rolled out on my roti board, poked with a fork, and sliced!


Draining away the extra oil


Let them cool a bit to firm up.

Eat em together and it’s a delicious Indian alternative to traditional chips and salsa.

The besan paare “chips” kind of taste like a fried pita chip… but mixed in with awesome indian spices. These were so easy to make and tasted really good! Can’t wait to try them with hummus, babaganoush or put them on top of salads! Hmm… Indian themed tortilla soup anyone?


Finished Besan Paare… such a delicious food!

*Note: I made a quarter of the recipe, I don’t usually make full batches because lets be honest…. I’m one person. The plate at the beginning of the post shows all the besan paare the 1/4 batch made which was perfect! Hope you all enjoy this and try it out!


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