Food, Nutrition and Cooking

Farinata- Chick Pea Flour Bread

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This is a savory bread made of chick pea flour that is so easy to make it’s almost embarassing! It goes well with salad, eggs, Indian food or as a snack. It’s a take off on corn bread; easier with fewer ingredients, more flavorful and with a crunch.


1.5 cups chick pea flour (aka gram flour, garbanzo flour – available in Indian food shops and online)

2 cups warm water

Mix the above together and let stand at room temperature, covered for 2 hours. A “head” will form on the top which you will remove after 2 hours. You don’t have to worry if you don’t get 100% of the head off, just do your best.

Add to the batter by whisking in:

1 t kosher salt

1/2 t dried rosemary or other herb of your liking

3 T olive oil (you can use a flavored oil if you like such as lemon, just choose one that compliments the herb you’ve chosen)

Black Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place a ~ 10″ ceramic dish with low sides, in which you have swirled 2 T of the olive oil, in the oven as it preheats.

When the oven is hot, add the batter to the hot dish and bake 25-30 minutes. The bread will get nice and crisp.

Serve warm.

Author: ssleedsrd1843

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and to eat! Her love of both naturally led to a career in nutrition. After years practicing clinical nutrition, Sari now focuses on Nutrition Education. Sari’s limits her private practice to the counseling of adults specializing in medical nutrition therapy. With “moderation” as her mantra, Sari knows that no matter what the condition, eating needs to be pleasurable. Her blog,, is a forum reflecting that mantra with healthful and delicious foods as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle. All content of is the intellectual property of Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN

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