As you may already know I am a big fan of chickpeas, in all shapes and forms, I even like the by-product of them, ahem, aquafaba.
Besan flour, chickpea flour or gram flour was something that I knew nothing about until I met H, 4 years ago. He loves cooking Indian food and Besan is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine. He kept it stocked in our kitchen and when I learned what it was I started doing some research on it.
Chickpea flour is pretty versatile, you can use it as a thickener, a binder, or you can bake with it. Farinata, or Socca bread is super easy to make and there are a ton of variations of it. It is actually a classic French, Provençal , street food. Traditionally a flat bread cooked in a brick oven.
As you may have already figured out I am a fan of food for everyone, inclusive recipes that will work for the most restrictive of diets. But I am not so into super complicated recipes, hey, still learning over here!
This recipe is super simple, anyone can eat it, it has some great health benefits! Is high in protein, gluten-free, and vegan. I hope you like it, and if you do, let me know!
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rosemary (I used fresh picked from our garden)
- 1 teaspoon za'atar
- salt and pepper to taste
- whisk the flour, warm water and 1 tablespoon of oil oil together and set aside for 20 minutes up to several hours (this will give more time for the flour to absorb the water and thicken up a little)
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees f
- oil a round 9-10'' pan with the left over olive oil
- whisk the za'atar*, salt and pepper into the batter, which should have thickened up but will still be thin
- stir in the rosemary into the batter
- pour the batter into the oiled pan
- bake in the preheated oven for 18-25 minutes until the bread is solid all the way through and slightly browned around the edges
- remove from the oven and let cool
- run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to remove the bread
- cut into 6 pieces and enjoy!
- *you can swap out the za'atar for other spices such as garlic powder or whatever your preference for flavorings is
- *za'atar can contain wheat, our mix does not, just an FYI if you are legit gluten free all the time