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Farinata- Chick Pea Flour Bread

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.