Savory Vegan + Gluten Free Chickpea Pancakes Recipe (2024)

This chickpea pancake recipe brings back fond childhood memories of dark and rainy afternoons spent playing games, reading books, and enjoying my mom’s chickpea flour pancakes (besan ka pooda or Puda). I love the nutty and earthy flavor of chickpea flour, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. My family enjoys these versatile poodas with a variety of accompaniments — salad for me, avocados and Mint Cilantro Chutney for my husband, and mango pickle for the kiddos. This yummy vegan dish is now our go-to savory brunch meal that I make almost every weekend!

A Little Backstory on chickpeas

The use of chickpeas dates back as far as 7500-8500 BC in Israel and Turkey, eventually making their way to the Mediterranean and then ultimately to India. Now chickpeas have broadened their reach to the entire world, but India accounts for ⅔ of the world’s chickpeas! They’ve been a staple for centuries in other countries like Pakistan, Nepali, and Bangladesh, and some traditional and delicious dishes made from chickpeas you likely know and love are hummus, falafel, chana masala, and doubles (a delicious Trinidadian street food).

Want to add a little more chickpea to your life? I’ve got you covered! Try adding them to a Greek salad, roast them in the oven with a little salt and chili flakes for a delicious snack, add them to a curry dish, make a Chickpea Soup, throw them in tacos or a pita pocket, or try them in lettuce wraps.

are Chickpeas Carbs or Protein?

Chickpeas are a type of legume that contains both carbohydrates and proteins and a tiny amount of fats. Approximately ⅔ of the calories from chickpeas come from carbs (canned chickpeas are on the lower end), while ⅓ comes from protein (dried, cooked chickpeas are on the higher end).

Is Chickpea Flour Healthy?

Chickpea flour, also known as besan, gram flour, or garbanzo bean flour, is made using roasted or raw ground chickpeas. The slightly nutty flavor in chickpea flour makes it a perfect element for both savory and sweet dishes and can be purchased on Amazon or at a variety of grocery stores.

When I share with you all the benefits of chickpea flour, you’re going to wondering why you didn’t know about it sooner! Chickpea flour is not like the commonly used all-purpose flour seen in many recipes; in fact, it’s low in calories and loaded with protein, fiber, and micronutrients. Chickpea flour is heart-healthy and helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, which protects against heart attack and stroke. In just 1./2 cup of chickpea flour there’s 11 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and bucket-loads of iron, folate, magnesium, and zinc.

If I haven’t converted you to a chickpea flour fan yet, then I must mention that chickpea flour is a healthy substitute for those who have celiac disease and other gluten intolerances. It’s also a nutritious replacement for rice flour or potato flour, both typically very low in nutrients.

What else Can Be Made from chickpea Flour?

Being naturally dense and unlike other gluten-free flours, chickpea flour offers a sturdy yet light texture when making loaves of bread, chickpea crepes, soccas, and cakes. Just keep in mind, though, that cakes and breads won’t give the same rise the way all-purpose flour does. Here are some other ways you can use chickpea flour:

  • Thicken sauces and soups.
  • Substitute eggs to make chickpea flour vegan omelets or soufflés.
  • Make an “egg” with 1 ½ tablespoons of chickpea flour + 1 ½ tablespoon water.
  • Mix it with other gluten-free flours to add nutritional value.
  • Try making my Scallion Pancakes as another mouthwatering, healthy, gluten-free, and vegan chickpea flour-centered meal.

How do you Make a Vegan Omelet?

Omelet customizations are just endless. Typically made with eggs, butter, and a plethora of fillings, omelets are generally eaten for breakfast, but you can have a chickpea flour vegan omelet any time of day! Here’s a quick recipe base for a chickpea flour omelet you can add to depending on what veggies you have on hand or whatever you and the rest of the family are in the mood for. (Tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onions, chives, broccoli, and leeks are just a few that I’ve used for this recipe before.)

  1. Mix ¼ cup of chickpea flour, ⅓ cup of room-temperature water, and 1 teaspoon of salt until there are no lumps.
  2. Add ¼ cup of sautéed vegetables and mix well.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a medium skillet and put heat on medium.
  4. Pour the batter evenly on the pan and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Serve hot or at room temperature.

CHICKpea pancake Health Benefits

There are a multitude of health benefits to these savory, vegan, gluten-free chickpea pancakes if prepared as directed. Here are just a few you can gain by using the ingredients in this dish:

  • Chickpea Flour: High in protein, fiber, and micronutrients, and heart-healthy, which helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure to protect against heart attack and stroke.
  • Garlic Powder: Can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Olive Oil: Rich in monounsaturated fats, may prevent stroke, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Onions: High in antioxidants, help control blood sugar, and may boost bone density.
  • Red Pepper: Rich source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is good for eye health; also, an excellent source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and is good for inflammation.

This savory, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free chickpea pancake recipe is so unbelievably healthy. I can’t wait for you to make it and tell me all about it in the comments section below!

Savory Vegan + Gluten Free Chickpea Pancakes Recipe (2024)


Where did chickpea pancakes come from? ›

This simple and so delicious chickpea pancake or fainá is popular in Argentina and Uruguay but originated in the Liguria region of Italy.

What is gluten free pancakes made of? ›


What is the American name for chickpeas? ›

The name chickpea comes from the Latin word cicer, referring to the plant family of legumes, Fabaceae. It is also known by its popular Spanish-derived name, the garbanzo bean. Kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, and peanuts are other familiar foods found in this legume family.

What is the difference between garbanzo flour and chickpea? ›

Besan flour, gram flour, and garbanzo bean flour are all chickpea flours; they're just made from different varieties of chickpeas. Chickpea flour or garbanzo bean flour is milled using whole white chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Besan or gram flour is made by grinding split brown chickpeas (chana dal) into a fine powder.

Why are my gluten free pancakes chewy? ›

This gluten-free pancake recipe will turn out chewy if the egg whites have not whipped long enough or the batter was overmixed. Since the pancakes rely on the egg whites for their light and fluffy texture it is important to carefully fold the egg whites into the gluten-free pancake batter.

Why are gluten free pancakes grainy? ›

Gluten-free baked goods have earned the reputation of being dry and gritty. That grit—that evil grit! —is the result of gluten-free flours that are often high in starches and rice flour, which take longer to absorb moisture than regular “gluten” flour.

What is the origin of the chickpea? ›

Chickpea probably originated from South East Turkey. Four centres of diversity were identified in the Mediterranean, Central Asia, the Near East and India, as well as a secondary centre of origin in Ethiopia (Vavilov, 1951).

What culture do chickpeas come from? ›

Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, play an important role in many cultures of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa, including Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco and Ethiopia (to name just a few). The wild ancestors of chickpeas are native to western Asia.

Where did chickpeas come from history? ›

The chickpea most probably originated in an area of present-day south-eastern Turkey and adjoining Syria. Three wild annual species ofCicer,closely related to the chickpea, are found there:C. bijugumK.

What country did pancakes originate from? ›

600 BC - The first recorded mention of pancakes dates back to ancient Greece and comes from a poet who described warm pancakes in one of his writings. 1100 AD – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) becomes a traditional way to use up dairy products before lent – the pancake breakfast is born.

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