Is there are substitute for corn flour?
Cornstarch or Corn flour (for thickening): 1 tablespoon = 2 tablespoons all purpose flour or
1 tablespoon potato starch or rice starch or flour 1 tablespoon arrowroot 2 tablespoons quick-cooking (instant) tapioca For other uses such as the main flour it's rather tricky I think it's best to only substitute Corn flour if it's for thickening.
I assume you mean corn flour. No, corn flour and rice flour have radically different textures, especially after being cooked. If this is not a concern then you might try it. *note: corn flour in the US is masa harina (powdered corn meal), whereas, in the UK corn flour is corn starch, actually a sugar rather than a grain flour.
Yes, corn syrup is a sweet liquid - it's the same as glucose syrup. Whereas cornflour is a white powder (used for thickening sauces), and is not sweet in the same way that corn syrup is. Corn syrup is entirely sugar based (like molasses), whereas corn flour is a flour. Corn syrup and corn flour are not interchangable, (in the same way that you would not substitute honey for wheatflour).
Cornflour (cornmeal) is made from maize or American corn. In the U.S. there are generally fine, medium, and coarse ground cornmeal with the "fine" ground being referred to as "cornflour" while the medium and coarse are referred to as "cornmeal". Gram flour is made from ground chickpeas. It is also known as chickpea flour, Garbonzo flour, & Besan. Because of the differences I would not suggest trying to substitute one for the other.
As a thickner for stew, or pies, you can use self rising flour. Another good option is to use arrowroot powder. For making gravy, a good substitute for corn starch is enriched white wheat flour. You can also substitute gluten-free flour. You might also try tapioca flour. You can also substitute potato starch, but use the commercial kind. If you make your own liquid starch from juiced potatoes, be ready for that potato taste... and…
I have never made falafels, however I would not suggest trying to use corn flour for flour as corn flour is not flour at all, but basically corn meal and the consistency and flavor will be nothing alike. Corn Flour refers to corn meal that is ground at a much finer consistency than corn meal that is used to make cornbread, etc. Plain four is made for Wheat that is ground and then processed. Never…