Who would have thought that the ancient philosopher Cicero and chickpeas have something in common?
The Latin word, “cicer“–whence the famous orator Cicero got his name, since his family grew chickpeas–led to “pois chiche” in modern French, which we lifted from across the English Channel and changed to “chich-pease.”
Chickpea have been grown (or at least eaten) in the Middle East for 10,000 years, since the ninth millennium BC! Today, it’s used frequently in Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern and central American’s cuisine.
What’s more interesting – during the WWI chickpea was brewed as coffee in Germany. Of course due to strict limitations in trade and goods’ flow.
Below you will find a recipe for chickpea pancakes – best served with hummus and fresh vegetables. You might buy ready made flour (chickpea or gram flour) or simply grind chickpeas in your coffee grinder.Enjoy!
Savory chickpeas pancakes (one serving)
1 spring onion, chopped finely
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1 clove garlic, grated on a grater
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
pinch of chilli flakes
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water
oil for frying
1. Mix flour, spices and water. Whisk vigorously until you see small bubbles that appear on the surface of batter.
2. Add half portion of shredded vegetables and mix gently
3. Heat the pan, pour olive oil, pour the batter and fry each side for about 3-4 minutes, until the dough is golden.
4. Serve with hummus and rest of the chopped vegetables.