Incredibly Easy Gluten-Free Soy-Free Vegan Homemade Chickpea Tofu

vegan glulten free burmese chickpea tofu recipe
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Did you know that there is a type of tofu that you can easily make at home, that is delicious, and that is soy-free?? We don’t mean a recipe that uses tofu, we mean a recipe for tofu, that is, yes, soy-free! It’s true! You can whip up this chickpea tofu in about 10 minutes, and with ingredients that you may already have in your pantry! And it tastes divine! (We like it better than soy tofu!) Here is the recipe for chickpea tofu (also known as Burmese tofu).

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First, here are some of the great things about this chickpea tofu:

  • It’s delicious!!
  • It is soy-free, for those who are avoiding soy or who are feeding someone who is avoiding soy
  • It is so incredibly easy to make!
  • You make it with ingredients that you likely already have on hand
  • The ingredients are dry, shelf-stable goods which can sit on your pantry shelf, rather than taking up space in your refrigerator
  • Oh, and there are only two ingredients (three if you count water), and one of them is salt
  • You don’t have to worry about an expiration date like you do with store-bought tofu, or worry about it going bad in your fridge!

Do note that you can’t bake or broil this tofu on its own (it will turn into a puddle of Buremese tofuey goodness), but you can incorporate it into nearly any dish.

The only thing that you might need to pick up from the store to make this awesome chickpea tofu is chickpea flour (also known as besan). Our local supermarkets now carry besan (King Soopers actually has their own private label organic chickpea flour!) But if you can’t find it locally, there are tons of options on Amazon.

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King Soopers Organic Chickpea Flour
king soopers chickpea flour

Ok, here’s the recipe.

Incredibly Easy Gluten-Free Soy-Free Homemade Chickpea Tofu

1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 tsp salt
3 cups of water
Greased baking pan (we use a small springform pan but that is not necessary)

Bring half of the water to boil in a saucepan. While that is coming a boil, whisk the flour, salt and other half of the water together. Stir into the boiling water in the saucepan, then reduce heat to medium low, and continue to stir until the mixture becomes thick and glossy, about 8 minutes. Pour into a greased pan, and let cool at room temperature. Remove from pan, cut into pieces, and store in refrigerator.

As we mentioned, we make this chickpea tofu in a small spring form pan, but you don’t have to – we do it because we happen to have that small springform pan and so it’s convenient for us. But any pan will do.

This tofu holds up just as well as any commercial soy-based tofu in recipes! (See second picture)

burmese chickpea tofu recipe

Here is our homemade Burmese tofu in a tofu mushroom curry!

chickpea tofu mushroom curry

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9 thoughts on “Incredibly Easy Gluten-Free Soy-Free Vegan Homemade Chickpea Tofu

  1. Picture a woman highly sensitive to heat, standing over her stove in Texas in 100+ degree heat, stirring this tofu. I made chickpea tofu from dried chickpeas yesterday, and after almost fainting, I remembered I have an instant pot in the garage, so I came surfing, looking for ideas and help. I’m just wondering, can you make chickpea tofu from dried chickpeas in the instant pot?

    1. Hi Melissa! We’ve only ever used the besan (chickpea flour), however we just did a Google search and found this recipe using whole chickpeas, however it still requires standing over a stove…BUT, we’re thinking that you could use your Instant Pot on the ‘sauté’ setting instead of doing it on the stove top and maybe that wouldn’t be quite so uncomfortable? Or, do it at night if it’s much cooler then? Let us know what you end up doing! 👩🏻‍🍳

  2. when I put it in the air fryer to get crispy, it turned into a big melted glob. Doesn’t stand up to heat very well.

  3. I am curious how to store the tofu, since I am the only one vegan in my household. Should it be refrigerated or not and how long does it last before I need to use it in recipes?
    Thanks very much!

    1. We’ve stored it for a few days, but honestly it gets eaten up by then, so not sure how much longer it could be stored. The thing is, you can adjust the proportions of this recipe so that you can make just enough for your use that day; it’s so easy to whip up that you can make it as needed! That said, if you end up storing some for more than a few days, please let us know what you find out!

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