Nowadays it is often discussed to replace the classic white flour with more nutritious and healthy alternatives such as chickpea flour, used since ancient times as it is considered a panacea for body care.
Cheaper than wheat which was a luxury in times of war, it was often used in the preparations of the peoples of the Middle East and today also in the most modern vegan and vegetarian recipes.
The increasing use of this flour is due to the fact that it is rich in proteins, fibers and carbohydrates, with only 6% of “good” fats, as they provide a high nutritional intake especially for the proper functioning of the heart.
It also contains vitamins of groups A, B, E, C and mineral salts useful for the proper functioning of our body.
The benefits of chickpea flour do not end there, in fact it contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium which help in countering high blood pressure and muscle fatigue as well as strengthening the brain and bones.
More generally, we know that legumes, with their fibers, help our digestive system and having a low glycemic index are recommended for those suffering from diabetes, for those on a diet and for people with celiac disease, because they do not contain gluten!
Uses in the kitchen and beyond…
This type of flour can be used as a base for many types of food such as bread, biscuits, wraps, fresh pasta and delicious tarts. Chickpea flour is also excellent as a thickener, for example in Riverfrut’s vegan soups or burgers that you can find on our website, and as a substitute for breadcrumbs in the creation of potato pie or meatballs.
What few people know is that thanks to substances called saponins, chickpea flour is also an excellent ally for cleaning and body care.
To get a natural shower gel, all you have to do is mix the chickpea flour with warm water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
For the scrub, on the other hand, just add brown sugar to reproduce the exfoliating action. Finally, with warm water, chickpea flour and turmeric, you will get an excellent anti-aging treatment.