Crespeou (pronounced cres-PAY-oo) is a Provencal (France) layered dish normally composed of mini-omelettes filled with herbs and vegetables, and then layered in alternating colours. I make my usual chickpea flour pancakes/pudla/cheela instead of omelettes, to make the dish egg-free. It is a simple technique using common ingredients to produce a vibrant savoury cake.
Prepared in advance, the dish can be served hot or cold. Serve warm with a tomato and red onion salad, or, even better, wrap in foil, refrigerate and serve next day. Take it on picnics and to potlucks.
Similar dishes include Sweetcorn, Spring Onion and Chilli Pancakes, Farinata with Tomatoes, Onions and Cheese, Socca, and Pudla with Green Coriander.
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Many parts of the world have pancakes, fritters, or thicker, baked “pan” cakes that are made from chickpea flour and water. In these variations, an infinite array of flavourings are added to the base – spices and herbs; thinly sliced vegetables such as onion, tomatoes, and zucchini, beans sprouts; coriander leaves to give a fresh crisp punch; basil or parsley oil is a terrific addition.
The various versions of the chickpea pancake – farinata in Italy, socca in France, pudla or cheela in India – are often found in the streets of cities and at roadside stalls in the rural areas. They are served on parchment paper or piece of banana leaf, and devoured hot on the spot.
The batter can be made several days before using, so plan ahead and use spare moments to mix the batter, ready for a quick snack or a mezze dish. Mix up a double amount, and make pancakes one day, and baked chickpea pizza a day or two later. Divine.
See below for a range of pancake recipes made from chickpea flour batter. Or browse all of our Farinata and Pudla. Alternatively, explore our other Late Autumn dishes.
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Those little chickpea flour fritters, pudla, with their tangy deliciousness, are on my menu for breakfasts, brunches and snacks quite often. For example, see the Pudla recipe collection.
Similar recipes include Crespeou (Eggfree), Pea, Za’atar and Feta Fritters, and Crispy Fried Potato and Onion Strings.
You might also like our Chickpea Flour recipes , and our Chickpea recipes. Or you might like to browse Breakfast recipes . Check out our easy Mid Spring recipes here.
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A thinner Pudla, almost a Cheela, perfect for breakfasts and snacks.
Today, when the world did not seem right, I made pudla, filled with spring onions (aka green onions in the US) and served them with a delish chutney gifted by a friend.
Pudla is a great quick and healthy snack that is endlessly versatile. There are various names for this chickpea flour pancake – Pudla, Cheela, Chilro, Besan Ja Chilra or Besan Chila.
There are more Pudla recipes here. Other similar recipes include Crespeou (Eggfree), Potato Dosa, Sweet Surnoli Dosa, and Adai.
Also browse our Chickpea Flour recipes, our Dosa recipes and our Snacks too. Our Indian recipes are here, and browse our Indian Essentials series. Or take some time to explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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Is a dosa a pancake or crepe? Technically, perhaps.
Often recipes for Indian flatbreads such as Dosa and similar are referred to as pancakes or crepes. I wasn’t keen on this labelling, so I did some research. Wikipedia (along with other sites) says:
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Those little chickpea flour fritters, pudla, with their tangy deliciousness, are on my menu for breakfasts, brunches and snacks.
Those little chickpea flour fritters, pudla, with their tangy deliciousness, are on my menu for breakfasts, brunches and snacks very often. They are a type of quick, simple dosa, that pancake-like flatbread of India. Truly, they take no time at all to make, can be cooked thick or thin, and can be made plain or have different herbs, spices and vegetables mixed into the batter. This recipe includes coriander and healthy mung bean sprouts.
There are many ways of cooking Pudla. Why don’t you explore our Pudla recipe collection. You might also like our Chickpea recipes here. Or simply browse our Breakfast recipes here. For seasonal delights, check out our easy Spring recipes here.
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Celebrating Chickpea Flour
I have to say, chickpea flour is the best! So versatile, if I was to be marooned on a desert island, it is one of the pantry ingredients that I would take with me. From the beautiful Farinata, to a stabliser in yoghurt curry, to crispy batters and fritter-like little dosas, it brings joy into the kitchen. Going by different names, you may recognise Chickpea Flour as Besan, or Gram Flour.
Make these two quick recipes in no time at all. They make a lovely sunny breakfast on the terrace – Pudla, Crispy Battered Onion Rings, Lentils, Tomatoes, Curd (yoghurt) and deep fried yoghurt dried chillies. Finish it off with a nice crispy, slightly sour apple.
Pudla is also called Cheela, Puda or Pooda, and there are versions from many parts of India. They are a fairly relaxed form of Dosa.
You might also like to try Crespeou (Eggfree), Chickpea Flour Socca, Farinata and Pudla, Pudla with Green Coriander, Chickpea Flour Pudla, or Chickpea Flour “Cakes” with Tomato Salsa.
Or try Okra and Cauliflower Pakora, Onion and Green Chilli Bhajji, and Vegetable Bhajji.
All Pudla recipes are here. And browse our Indian Recipes. Be inspired by our Early Spring recipes.
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