Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monaco - Socca

Socca is a popular street food in Monaco. It's a thin pancake made of chickpea flour and cooked on a griddle. I don't have a griddle so I made a much smaller version of the traditional socca in a pan.


* 2 cups of chickpea flour (also known as gram flour)
* 3 tbls of olive oil
* 2 1/4 cups of water
* 1/2 tsp of salt
* salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together until it makes a smooth batter. The chickpea flour is thicker than regular flour and harder to combine with the liquids. I used my whisk vigorously but it'd be loads easier with a blender if you have one.

In a very hot pan brushed with more olive oil, pour some batter in and cook until the bottom is browmned and the top is dry. (It's very much like making American pancakes)

Tip the pancake out onto kitchen paper.

Stack them onto a plate to serve. In Monaco they eat them plain with a glass of wine.

They tasted good. I really liked using chickpea flour, it's a light yellow colour and more gritty feeling than regular flour. The pancakes had a subtle savoury flavour to them. They were light and crunchy at the edges. Very nice!

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