French Socca de Nice or Italian Farinata are the same – chickpea flour pancakes, when first I came to know about it, I was very surprised that actually it’s almost like Indian Besan Ka Cheela. Well, the difference is that the Socca is an oven baked pancake and Besan Cheela is a pan-fried pancake or crepe.
Socca is a traditional chickpea flour pancakes from Nice in France, in olden times the workers used to cherish Socca with bread but later it turned out to be a snack or appetizer in itself.
I decided to make a pan fried onion spicy Socca, in a way actually I made besan cheela only but smaller in size (pancake size) with onion, green chili & red chili powder.
Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Yields
05 mins 15 mins 20 mins 8 servings
Chickpea flour – 250 grams
Onion – medium 1 (very finely chopped)
Green chili – 2 (very finely chopped)
Fresh green coriander or cilantro – 4 tablespoons (very finely chopped)
Salt per taste
Red chili powder – ¼ teaspoon
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon + for shallow frying
Baking soda – 1 pinch
Toasted flax seeds – 1 teaspoon
Rosemary – 1 teaspoon (chopped) or ¼ teaspoon powder (optional)
Lemon thyme – ¼ teaspoon (optional)
- Pre heat oven to 220°C (450°F).
- In a mixing bowl first sieve the flour with a fine mesh sieve, then combine chickpea flour & water. Whisk and mix well so that no lumps are there and batter is very smooth.
- Now add salt, red chili powder, finely chopped onion & green chili, chopped cilantro, rosemary & thyme, baking soda, tosated flax seeds and olive oil. Mix well again so all ingredients blend well together. The batter has to be of very runny consistency.
- Now grease a pan or skillet and pour a ladle of batter, not more than 3 mm thickness and cook till it becomes golden brown in color, then slowly and gently with spatula, loosen from all sides and flip it, then cook from other side too. Cook on medium heat so its cooked well from inside. Whole cooking on both sides, keep pressing gently.
- Once cooked in the pan transfer to the oven on the top grill for 5-6 minutes to get a nice brown color and to become well toasted, check that it should not get burnt. Keep it crispy or soft per choice.
Note: In case you don’t have oven handy then just cook in the pan and it can still become crispy & will reach the required color. Socca can be served with mint or coriander chutney, salad greens, avocado, sun dried tomatoes or simple tomato ketchup. Enjoy!
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