Socca or Farinata: Chickpea Pancakes

Farinata, Socca, Pannella and who knows how many other names, it is a typical street food in many Mediterranean countries simply made with chickpeas flour and water cooked over a wood fire.

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It seems that its origins are from the Roman Empire in Genova when a ship full of chickpeas flour and oil got caught in a storm and the flour got wet with seawater.

Instead of throwing it away, since they did not have much more to eat, they let it dry in the sun.

The Farinata recipe was then improved in time by cooking it on a fire.

Whatever its origins, and name the Socca or Farinata is one of the typical street food in the French and Italian Riviera.



In the streets is served by itself warm just off the fire.

It is like a rolled thick crepe.

If you make it at home you can serve it with any type of sauce or dip, or use it as a wrap.

If you want to be more adventurous you can mix some herbs in the batter to give them an extra flavor.

Though remember the batter has to REST FOR 10 HOURS, so make it the day before and store at room temperature.

Cut the socca

To make the socca in my regular kitchen oven I use the pizza stone plate from Brazilian Soapstone which has an edge and I can pour the Socca mix without spilling it.

You can buy it online in the USA, but not in Europe.

So if you are in Europe, I found some cast iron pans that can use used instead.

They do make the difference, the heat from the stone makes the dough cook evenly, including in the center and gives the crust a nice crispy consistency. The same as if cooked in a pizza oven.

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This recipe was published in a video proposing 2 Appetizers and you can find the video below.

These are the appetizers featured:

  • Tapenade
  • Socca Farinata

Also on the table but not on the video Neapolitan Fried Pizza.

Fried pizza, Tapenade socca appetizers

5 from 4 votes
Socca or Farinata: Chickpea Pancakes

Socca or Farinata: Chickpea Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
15 mins

resting time
10 hrs

Total Time
25 mins


Farinata, Socca, Pannella and who knows how many other names, it is a typical street food in many Mediterranean countries simply made with chickpeas flour and water cooked over a wood fire.


French, Italian, Mediterranean

chickpeas crepes, farinata, street food
Servings: 4 rounds
Calories: 416 kcal

  • 2
    chickpeas flour
  • 1
  • 3
  • 2
    olive oil
  • olive oil for cooking

  1. Sift the salt in the chickpeas flour

    chickpeas flour
  2. Gradually add the water and the 2 tbsp of olive oil

  3. Cover with cling film  and let it rest overnight at room temperature

    let it rest overnight
  4. OIl the pizza stone plate and put it into the oven at 220C

  5. Once the oven is hot take the pizza stone out, brush again with olive oil and pour the mixture enough to cover the plate

  6. Cook in the hot oven for 15 minutes

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Calories 416 calories per serving
Fat 30 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 27 gr per serving
Proteins 10 gr per serving
Sugar 6 gr per serving
Sodium 615 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.


  7 comments for “Socca or Farinata: Chickpea Pancakes

  1. 30th May 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Oh I love chickpea flour I’ll have to give this recipe a try! Love all the informative pictures too!

    • Laura
      31st May 2018 at 4:59 am

      Thank you, it is very good

  2. 31st May 2018 at 5:06 am

    I’ve heard of socca but have yet to try it. I do like chickpea flour, though, and your tips make it look easy enough so might have to give it a try!

    • Laura
      31st May 2018 at 11:46 am

      do, it was very good

  3. 31st May 2018 at 9:46 am

    These look superb and have so much in common with chapatti and roti, I’ve been on the look out for a reliable source of gram flour for the longest time, I’d love these!

    • Laura
      31st May 2018 at 11:47 am

      I know, I think they make it everywhere, just use a different name LOL

  4. 12th June 2018 at 4:00 pm

    We appreciate not only the clarity and simplicity of the recipe… but, the link to jump directly to recipe is very considerate. Often times after searching for a recipe one must scroll, scroll, scroll to reach the search result––the recipe––it’s as if Rachel Maddow were burying the lead.

    Thanks for this!

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