Savoury Chickpea Cakes

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I really wanted to call these ‘cakes’ pakoras, but they don’t really look like pakoras, do they?
They sort of are pakoras, or perhaps inspired by pakoras – except they’re baked and look nothing like traditional pakoras.

I love, love pakoras…, I could tell you all the places with the best pakoras in the city, and those to avoid; I think my nickname at my favourite Indian restaurant is “…and a dozen pakoras to go, please”.

But I came to make my own pakoras by accident; they came up a few months when we were brainstorming snacks to take for our trip, we were thinking store-bought.
At the same time I had a bag of chickpea flour nearing its use-by date, I’d been using it mostly to make socca.
That’s when the idea of trying my hands at pakora-making clicked, since I’m deadly afraid of deep frying things (a story for another post…) I looked into baking them instead.

These savoury chickpea cakes were my very first try, and they baked perfectly – light, great-tasting, filling and non-greasy, like the ones from my favourite ‘pakoras joint’ even it if they look a little different.

I tried them on my friend M’s little guy, he loved them and his little gluten-intolerant tummy thanked me.

A little side note for when making these for kids, you may want to omit the pepper, or use just a teaspoon or pinch.
And a side, side note; chickpea flour can be found at health food stores as chickpea/garbanzo flour, Indian grocery stores as gram flour or besan and Italian grocery stores as farina di ceci.

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Posted February 6th, 2013 in Food, Snack. Tagged: , .
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  • Bintu@recipesfromapantry

    Your pictures are sooooooo good. Please can I come over and have some? I guess this would work with bean flour?

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Thank you Bintu! You’re quite welcome to come over anytime :-) I haven’t tried other bean flours, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t work.

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  • huey@bellyfuloflove

    this looks great! will try it soon :)

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Please do, and let me know how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by :-)

      • huey@bellyfuloflove

        i just baked a batch and they are awesome! :) only thing is I think I added too much water (3/4 cup) and the batter was too runny, hence i couldn’t achieve the plump cakes shown in your pictures. mine turned out rather flat. i also replaced the dried chives with a stalk of chopped fresh spring onion. can’t stop munching on them now! thanks for the recipe!

        • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

          I love how yours turned out! I’m glad you like them, aren’t they addictive? :-)
          I’ve made them several times, they plump up and sometimes they don’t, but they turn out fantastic each time.
          I purposefully didn’t give the exact amount of water to use because tastes vary, the ones I made here (http://elsbro.com/blog/2012/09/25/airplane-food/) were flatter but my favourite so far. Maybe reduce the water by a few tablespoons the next time. :-)

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