Chickpea flour pancakes

This is a delicious savory pancake recipe served with Indian meals as a bread alternative.


  • 140g/5oz/ chickpea flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ajwain seeds
  • 1 small red onion, very finely chopped
  • 4 fresh hot green chillies, very finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp very finely chopped, fresh green coriander
  • about 3 tbsp vegtable oil


  1. Put the chickpea flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly add 250ml/9fl oz water, mixing with a wooden spoon to make a smooth batter. Add the salt, cayenne pepper, ajwain seeds, onion, ginger, chillies, garlic and coriander. Stir and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Smear a large, wide, non-stick frying-pan with 1 tsp of the oil and set over a lowish heat. When very hot, stir the batter and pour about 55ml/2fl oz on to the centre of the pan. Quickly tilt the pan in all directions as you would for a crêpe, spreading the batter to make an 18-19cm/7-7½in pancake.
  3. Cover and cook for 3 minutes or until the pancake is reddish-brown at the bottom. Dribble another tsp of oil around the edges of the pancake. Turn the pancake over and cook, uncovered, for a further minute or until golden. Remove from the heat and keep covered between 2 plates. Repeat with the remaining batter. Always remember to stir the batter before you use it. (leftover batter may be covered, refrigerated and re-used).
  4. Enjoy your chickpea flour pancakes!

Hints and Tips

  • Eat quickly or it will get cold
  • Don’t refrigerate it or it will go soggy
  • Libby

    What are ajwain seeds and where do I get them?

  • Lisa

    What a great recipe! Subbed almond meal b/c I don’t have the flour and used coconut milk in place of water. They were not as fluffy as yours (b/c of the almond meal) but they were delicious! Almost like banana bread. Thanks!

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