Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

A very simple batter based Chickpea flatbread, also known as Socca which is Gluten free and Vegan

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

The third recipe in thee A to Z International flatbread , the Chickpea Flatbread | Socca, brought lot of going back and forth moments. It was hard for me to choose between making this for the letter ‘C’ or for the letter ‘S’. Then I remembered that this is my first month participating in the A-Z Recipe challenge, wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This event was initiated by  Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. This month the challenge is to choose an ingredient staring with the letter ‘C’ and making a dish out of it. So, I decided on the ingredient Chickpea and chose to make this delicious Chickpea Flatbread, also called the Socca.

Socca is a very popular street food from the city Nice in France. We can make several different variation of this flatbread, but the main ingredient to make the Socca is chickpea flour, water and oil. This never changes and depending on our preference we could add any spices in it to enhance the flavor.


Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

I used some sauteed onions and garlic along with some dried rosemary. My boys loves the texture and the flavor of the Socca and it was one of those flatbread that disappeared within minutes. I thought that the onions and the garlic added lot of flavor to the Chickpeas flatbread and did not need anything on the side to eat it. My kids and husband though loved it with a good smear of hummus.

I would highly recommend using a cast iron pan to bake the Socca. It just gave it a beautiful crust which is the characteristic of this flatbread. Making it was very simple. All it needed was combining all the ingredients and letting the batter rest for at least 30 minutes before baking. I let mine sit for couple of hours and that is perfectly fine. The more the batter sits, the lovely the texture of the Socca is.

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

A for Aish Baladi
B for Boulanee Katchalu

 

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus at least 30 minutes of resting time
Baking time – 10 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make Chickpea Flatbread | Socca – Makes one 8 – inch Flatbread

  • Chickpea flour / Besan / Kadalai Maavu – 3/4 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Olive oil – 2 TBSP plus 1 tsp
  • Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 2 pods (minced)
  • Red pepper flakes – 1 tsp (adjust based on your spice preference)
  • Black pepper salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Dried rosemary – 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro – 3 TBSP (finely chopped)

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

Procedure to make Chickpea Flatbread | Socca –

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour with salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper and dried rosemary.
  • Add the water and olive oil and whisk well to combine. Cover the batter with a plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. You could let it sit for longer as well. Mine was sitting for couple of hours.
  • In the meantime, heat about a teaspoon oil in a the cast iron skillet that we will be using to bake the Socca. Add the chopped onions and let it cook in low to medium heat until translucent (about 5 to 7 minutes).
  • Add the minced garlic and let it cook for a minute more. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool down.
  • After the batter has rested, preheat the oven to 450 F. Also heat the cast iron skillet before we pour the batter on it.
  • Add the cooled down onion mixture along with cilantro to the batter and mix to combine.

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

  • Grease the hot cast iron skillet liberally with olive oil and pour the batter. Tilt the pan slightly to spread.
  • Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the sides are slightly crisp and the top is slightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack briefly.

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

  • Slice and serve when warm!

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread
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Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

A very simple batter based Chickpea flatbread, also known as Socca which is Gluten free and Vegan

Course Baking, Breakfast, Flatbread, Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine French
Keyword Baking, flatbread, gluten free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients

  • Chickpea flour - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 3/4 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Olive oil - 2 TBSP plus 1 tsp
  • Onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2 pods minced
  • Red pepper flakes - 1 tsp adjust based on your spice preference
  • Black pepper salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Dried rosemary - 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro - 3 TBSP finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour with salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper and dried rosemary.
  2. Add the water and olive oil and whisk well to combine. Cover the batter with a plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. You could let it sit for longer as well. Mine was sitting for couple of hours.
  3. In the meantime, heat about a teaspoon oil in a the cast iron skillet that we will be using to bake the Socca. Add the chopped onions and let it cook in low to medium heat until translucent (about 5 to 7 minutes).
  4. Add the minced garlic and let it cook for a minute more. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool down.
  5. After the batter has rested, preheat the oven to 450 F. Also heat the cast iron skillet before we pour the batter on it.
  6. Add the cooled down onion mixture along with cilantro to the batter and mix to combine.
  7. Grease the hot cast iron skillet liberally with olive oil and pour the batter. Tilt the pan slightly to spread.
  8. Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the sides are slightly crisp and the top is slightly browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack briefly.
  10. Slice and serve when warm!

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43 thoughts on “Chickpea Flatbread | Socca | Gluten free and Vegan French Flatbread

  1. This looks yum.. beautiful clicks too…I have also done this but for different letter…and as you said ours was also gone in minutes..it really taste delicious with those onion and rosemary..

  2. Socca is one of the popular french flatbread which is quite easily available in Southern part of France. And somehow i love to have socca with pickles, though French peoples love them with loads of cheese.

  3. Supers Socca !it looks so nice and crisp, I feel like grabbing it from the screen. seriously !!It also reminds me of our Sindhi Besan Koki, which has almost similar ingredients but for rosemary..the difference is that koki is cooked on stove top and Socca is baked, but I am trying this very soon, I am sure everyone will love it.

  4. I am yet to try this delicious bread. I love the addition of onions, garlic and herbs. They must add a nice flavour to the crispy bread.

  5. When I read the title ‘Chickpea flatbread’ I was thinking that you made a dough with besan and was wondering how you handled it. After going through the whole post, came to know that it is a batter based bread. Magnificent…Will certainly try it

  6. Fantabulous bread this looks Sandhya. This socca bread looks so wonderful and delicious. I am sure this will give the best results in cast iron. I am really feeling to grab. chickpea flour recipe I love a lot. Bookmarking this.

  7. Sandhya this has been on my list to make for a long time, but always wondered how it would taste with just chickpea flour. Your socca looks so good that’s its beckoning me try out the recipe.

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