I purchased some chickpea flour (besan) a long time ago - actually, it was a little over a year ago. It's been a sealed plastic package.
I just found a recipe that sounds good in the book "Vegetarian Planet." It's for chickpea dumplings in spinach-tomato sauce. I'd love to use my chickpea flour but worry that it's too old. I opened it and smelled it and it smelled okay, not rancid. Not particularly like chickpeas or anything, but I have no idea how it's supposed to smell.
Can I use it? I don't have a source for besan nearby and will happily toss this and scrap the recipe for now rather than going through the effort and having it fail for such a basic reason.
Any advice as soon as possible will be appreciated.