Farinata (vegan savoury pancakes/omelettes)

Vegetable farinata 1These farinata are savoury pancakes of Italian origin (farinata in Italian: “made of flour“).

They take only a few minutes to prepare and a few minutes more to cook.

You can make them thick or thin, with or without fillings.

They are also great for vegans as they are a perfect substitute for omelettes, but without eggs!

Ingredients:  makes two, tasty, thick pancakes (or three smaller ones)
  • 150g gram flour aka chickpea flour or besan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs (alternatively a handful of chopped fresh parsley)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 280ml water
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 small, finely chopped onion, or 4 chopped spring onions
  • 75g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • A couple of handfuls of chopped kale or 200g of wilted spinach (squeeze out the water though)
1.   Combine the gram flour, baking powder, turmeric, herbs and nutritional yeast in a large bowl. Add the water and lemon juice then mix everything together into a smooth batter.
2.   Stir in the chopped onion, mushrooms and kale. The batter will now be quite thick but it should be still pourable. Add a little water if not.
3.   Pour half the batter into an oiled and hot frying pan. Place a lid over the pan and allow to cook for about 3-4 minutes. Once the top has started to cook, loosen the pancake with a spatula and flip it over to cook the other side.
5.   Reduce the heat to low and put the lid back on the pan and cook for a further 4-5 minutes.
6.   To serve, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. (Note: they also taste very good with tomato ketchup!)

This recipe is adapted from one I learned on the Vegetarian Society’s Vegan Baking course.

I highly recommend their cooking and baking courses to anyone within reach of their headquarters in south Manchester. Vegan, vegetarian, omni or whatever, I’m certain you’ll learn something new and exciting.

Like this? Try these too:

Vegan scrambled eggs

Easy Guacamole and Black Olive Tapenade

Apple and pear strudel (vegan, dairy-free)

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