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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chickpea Flour Tart

Since I made the carrot pakoras and had some chickpea flour left over I have been discovering many ways to use the flour. I really like the flavor and used the bag up and bought more. This tart or pancake can be eaten as an appetizer or lunch or part of a main meal. It nice because it's gluten free an can be vegan. In Italy it's called torta di ceci, and you can top it with many things like you would a pizza. This is similar to the chickpea-flour pancakes, called socca, that are a popular street food from the south of France. There they make it over a hot wood burning fire. Easy to make and fun to try!

Farinata Genovese
(adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World)

1 cup Chickpea Flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 3/4 cup Water
3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon, or more, ground Black Pepper
5 tablespoons Olive oil, divided
2 shallots thinly sliced, (you can use an onion)
1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary, optional.

1. Combine the chickpea flour with 1 3/4 cups water in a bowl; whisk together to eliminate lumps. Whisk in the salt and two tablespoons of the olive oil and let the batter sit on the kitchen counter for at least 1 hour and as long as 12. The batter will become slightly thicker as it sits.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put a well-seasoned cast iron or nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, after 1 or 2 minutes, add the onion and rosemary if you’re using them; let them sizzle for a minute, then add the batter. Drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for 20 to 40 minutes, until the farinata is no longer custardy in the center
3. Turn the broiler on. Set the farinata a few inches away from the broiler heat for a minute or two, just long enough to brown it spottily, but not long enough so that it colors evenly or burns.

4. Remove the farinata from the pan with two spatulas–this is where a nonstick pan comes in very handy–and transfer it, carefully, to a cutting board. Let cool briefly, then cut it into wedges and grind a generous amount of black pepper over all. Eat while still warm out of the oven, with additional black pepper or olive oil as desired.

I sprinkled with some finishing salt. I also had some with some with feta and tomatoes on top, (but I didn't get a photo). The choice is endless...enjoy!

What? Nothing left for me?


  1. Sounds great with tomato and feta on top...I will add this to the list of my recipes to try...I'm off work tomorrow...planning on making a batch of you dukkah...I'll let you know how it turns out.

  2. This Tarta look really awesome and delicious Lyndsey, Love your dog picture! gloria

  3. Thanks! Oh good! I think you'll like it, we seem to enjoy a lot of the same flavors. I still have some in the freezer and will pull it out to top a salad or coat some chicken or fish. Or a quick easy appetizer served with crusty bread! I would love to hear what you think!

  4. Very interesting recipe. I've never heard of this, but now I'm intrigued. I'm going to have to check out the local world market and see if they carry the flour.

  5. Gloria - thanks so much! I have to look at that face every time I cook! Tucker is always underfoot! :D

    Ivonne - I picked the flour up at our local natural foods store, or health food store by Bob's Red mill. They also carry it in a Middle Eastern or Indian sore usually called besan. I love making pakoras and the zucchini pancakes with it. Hope you get to try it.

  6. I have been wanting to make this socca for ages; even bought the chickpea flour and thn I lost the nerve; you have given me the courage to try it this time!

  7. Love the look of your farinata! And that dog is so adorable:)

  8. tasteofbeirut - Oh you have to try it! I know yours would turn out great!

    Jeannie - thanks, yes he does give you that look doesn't he? :D

  9. 'La torta di cecci' used to be one of my Aunt's specialties. She has passed on and unfortunately my cousin doesn't have her recipe. After having read your list on ingredients...I do declare that you're pretty darn close.
    I have the chickpea flour ready to go. was great that you nudged me to re-look at this treat ;o) GRAZIE.

    Flavourful wishes,

  10. Claudia, I am glad I could remind you of your aunt and her specialty! I can't wait to see your post on it!

  11. Yum, talk about healthy treat, yet another must-try recipe! Sweet pup is beyond cute!!

  12. This looks lovely. I've never used chickpea flour. Need to try it some time.

    I've started a new food blogging group that celebrates the love of printed cookbooks. I'd love it if you joined us. It should be lots of fun.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the chickpea flour next. :)

  13. wow this is so cool love how creative you are

  14. Jenn, thank you and yes he is so adorable, and he lets us know this every chance he gets.

  15. Tarts using chickpeas, sounds delicious, must try soon.

  16. I have never used chick pea flour before but this makes me think I must go shopping. Love the sorrowful eyes of your dog. Diane

  17. Must try this with my new bag of chickpea flour!
    I am trying to find you a good Malaysian curry powder recipe and will email that to you over the weekend.

  18. This one is very exciting to me - I will try this. (adding it o my list - I LOVE my list :-)

    Meanwhile, how weird is it that I have the EXACT same retro plates???

  19. Love your chickpea pancake. Looks delicious. And wow.....the dog is staring at me! Guess he wants to be my friend...haha

  20. Looks delicious, and I am sure it is with the mixture of black olives, chickpeas and rosemary!

    Cute Dog!!

  21. Lindsey, I never seen chickpea flour before and I love your recipe. Must look for this chickpea flour.
    Poor Tucker, nothing for him? Can I invite Tucker and join Cookie for meal ;DD

  22. Oh, this looks yummy and EASY!! I still have over half a bag left so I think this may be on the menu tonight as I have all ingredients on hand. Gotta love when that happens. :)

    Love your doggie.

  23. I have been wanting to try that flour and this looks like the perfect recipe!


  24. Sanjeeta kk - I hope you do try it!

    Diane, lol! and don't let his poor puppy look fool you!

    3 hungry tummies - Yes, I'd like to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for taking the time to find a Malaysian curry powder recipe for me.

    Lyndsay - I think I have the same list! That is so weird you have the same retro plate. I have several other items in that pattern. I have a few other vintage dishware too. I love using them here. Great names...great taste! :D

    MaryMoh...haha! you're so funny...of course he wants to be your friend.

    Mari - thank you!

    Anncoo - I think Tucker and Cookie would have a fine time. Now don't let him fool you he always looks like he's got it so bad...he gets plenty to eat! After 14 and a half years he's learned how to use it to his advantage!:D

    Betty Ray - You do gotta love it when that happens. i ended up getting another bag because I enjoyed using it so much.

    anniebakes - Hope you like it. I do have other on my blog, I might have to lable them.

  25. The tart looks delicious.
    Chickpea flour has a nice crunch-ish texture, and I'm sure it added lots of flavors.

  26. This really sounds delicious. I've never heard of it, but that makes it all the more intriguing. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  27. J'ai de la farine de pois chiche dans mon placard et cette tarte me plait beaucoup.
    Je note .
    See soon

  28. I like chickpea flour and use it in pancakes. Gives the pancakes a nutty flavor.

    This tart sounds delicious and I can imagine what it tastes like. I also like the addition of feta and tomatoes on it.

  29. WOW! I haven't tried chickpea flour. It must be flavorful. Cute doggie you have there...

  30. This is a new one for me, Lyndsey. I've never baked with chickpea flour. Saw it in Whole Foods though.
    Really an unusual dish...I'd love to try it.
    I just know your adorable dog got a treat of some kind. How could you resist those eyes?

  31. Simple but looks really good! Happy Weekend!

  32. Lyndz, I actually missed out this post! Have been extremely busy for the past few days. A lot of travellings! I've been looking for the chickpea flour for a couple of times. But no luck! Will try again cause this recipe is really tempting me to make one. ^_^ Btw, are you busy planning the menu for the coming celebration? Have fun & enjoy! ((hugs))
    Blessings, kristy

  33. I've never baked with chickpea flour. This looks incredible!

  34. i always have a chickpea flour at hand but never thought of baking with it. wonderful recipe, bookmarked now.

  35. This looks wonderfu! Reminds me of a tart we had at a market in France. My problem would be to find the ingredients around here; great photo.

  36. Indie.Tea - yes I like the flavor chickpea flour has.

    Mary - that's what intrigued me too, I like trying new things.

    Nadji - that's great, I hope you get to use it!

    Biren - I have made it like a big pancake a little crisper and cut it in squares. Like a whole other dish!

    ♥peachkins♥ - we enjoy it! Thanks!

    Sonia - thank you

    Barbara - my favorite things to make are the pakoras, of course the zucchini patties are good too. Yes, he gets plenty of treat...he really knows how to work it! :D

    Lani - yes, simple and good.

    Kristy - you and me alike, although I'm not traveling, just busy! I think I've seen someone grind dried chickpeas into flour...not sure how well that works! Not cooking Thursday, we are invited to my Aunt and Uncle's house about a half hour away. I'm bringing pie!

    Kathleen - I am loving it, I've bought more and will keep it on hand.

    PJ - I am going to keep it on hand now too.

    Rita - If you have an Indian market they would have it. I got it in my health food store, but am starting to see it in the regular grocery store more often. Good luck!

    Everyone thank you for spending some time here with me.

    Cheers! :D

  37. Thanks Lyndsey, I know everyone in my family will like this one for a late night snack today and I will pack some up for my daughter's lunch tomorrow. I am always looking for good vegan and gluten-free recipes.

  38. Gluten free. My husband can eat it. Yeah.

    Would you link this up, after this evening, to My Meatless Mondays? It would be a great addition.

  39. What a great use for chickpea flour, and a wonderful treat for someone who has glueten intolerances!
    *kisses* HH

  40. Very interesting. I love chick pea flour, so I need to try this recipe!


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