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Aquafaba or chickpea water: The vegan egg that’s taking the world by storm

Aquafaba or chickpea water is revolutionising the vegan diet; Aquafama replaces eggs in baked items , we find out more about the ingredient.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 07, 2016 07:52 IST
Susan Jose
When aquafaba is used as a replacement for eggs in baked items and desserts, you skip the risk of food-borne illnesses that come from raw egg whites.
When aquafaba is used as a replacement for eggs in baked items and desserts, you skip the risk of food-borne illnesses that come from raw egg whites. (istock)

Aquafaba or chickpea water has long been favoured by vegans. Recently, it became a trending topic on Pinterest. A popular mayonnaise brand introduced a new product in the market, called Fabannaise, which is mayonnaise that uses aquafaba as the main ingredient in place of eggs. The use of aquafaba is being encouraged in restaurants as well, as it reduces food wastage, and therefore, lowers one’s carbon footprint.

A popular mayonnaise brand introduced a new product in the market, called Fabannaise, which is mayonnaise that uses aquafaba as the main ingredient in place of eggs. (twitter.com/Sir Kensington’s)

Health benefits of aquafaba:

It enables people, who cannot metabolise proteins properly, to digest them

It’s a plant-based food. So, it helps in lowering body cholesterol and normalising blood sugar levels

It is rich in sapponins, pectins and antioxidants, which help in improving cardiovascular disorders

It is packed with vitamins, essential minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. These help in supporting healthy digestion and metabolic function

When it is used as a replacement for eggs in baked items and desserts, you skip the risk of food-borne illnesses that come from raw egg whites.

How to make aquafaba at home

Aquafaba is a plant-based food. So, it helps in lowering body cholesterol and normalising blood sugar levels. (Pinterest)

Ingredients

4 cups dried chickpeas

1tsp kosher salt

12 cups water

Method

Place chickpeas and salt in the insert of a slow cooker

Keep aside

In a large saucepan, bring water to boil

Pour the boiling water over the chickpeas

Cook on a low flame for nine to 10 hours, until the chickpea liquid is about 1/2 inch above the chickpeas

Turn off the slow cooker, and allow it to cool at room temperature for at least four hours, the maximum time being eight hours.

The chickpea liquid will become viscous and gel-like as it cools

Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl

Strain the chickpeas out, and catch the aquafaba in the bowl

Transfer the aquafaba to jars or other covered containers

Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for longer storage.

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Aquafaba-based recipes that you can try at home

1 Aquafaba Strawberry Ice Cream

Aquafaba Strawberry Ice Cream (istock)

Ingredients:

1 cup Aquafaba- whipped 20 minutes or so

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup honey or alternative sweetener to taste

Directions:

Whip the aquafaba till it becomes foamy

Blend frozen strawberries into it until the mixture is smooth

Mix in the honey, according to taste

Gently fold the mixture into whipped aquafaba, so that it is evenly distributed

Freeze the aquafaba and strawberry mix until it is frozen.

- Dr Riddhesh Jani,nutritionist

2 Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

1tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2tsp ground mustard

1/2tsp salt

1/2tsp pepper

3tbsp aquafaba

3/4 cup cream or olive oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, ground mustard, salt, pepper and aquafaba with an immersion blender

With the blender running, slowly drizzle the oil 1/4 cup at a time into the mixture, which will start becoming very thick

You will need to move the blender consistently to combine the mix properly

Once the mixture is thick, stop adding the oil

Transfer this mayo to a jar, and store in the fridge

The mayo will thicken up once it is refrigerated

This can be used in place of mayonnaise for any recipe.

- Dr Riddhesh Jani, nutritionist

3 Aquafaba Meringues

Aquafaba Meringues (istock)

Ingredients:

160ml canned or homemade chickpea liquid

1 cup caster or brown sugar

Directions:

Using an electric mixer, whisk the canned chickpea liquid for 15 minutes until soft peaks form

Gradually add sugar, and whisk till the mixture is thick and firm

Drop large spoonfuls of the mixture on a tray lined with baking paper in a 120 degree Celsius oven for an hour and a half, until the mix is firm to touch

Cool these meringues in the oven, and serve.

- Anshu Malik, nutritionist

Side effects

Stay away from aquafaba if you are allergic to legumes, or have high uric acid levels or gout. Also, if you suffer from headaches, bloating or nausea after consuming aquafaba, do not include it in your diet.

— Inputs by Kanchan Patwardhan, nutritionist