Faina – Farinata – Socca a Chickpea or Garbanzo Golden Crispy Delight!


Love savory crispy textures? If I add that it’s gluten-free and vegan, I bet that the answer is a yes!
It has several names but the result is only one: your total satisfaction near to the addiction: the Farinata.

The version coming from the Italian cuisine, is the Farinata, principally a Ligurian dish.

On the French side is the Socca, like a thin pancake, and as in Italy, has the same basic ingredients chickpea flour and olive oil. It’s served as a snack street food when you’re in these hectic days and craving something delicious, golden-crunchy and cheap!

Faina - Farinata - Socca a Chickpea or Garbanzo Golden Crispy Delight!The faina turned out golden and I added as garnish, some olives for the picture…as you guess the faina vanished quickly!

In my country Uruguay and in Argentina, with an enormous Italian immigration, came the farinata but derived its name in “faina“.
Faina is also made chickpea flour and it’s a flatbread. It’s impossible to not serve with enough black pepper, as a crunchy-nutty appetizer, depending if you want from the border (thinner and crispier) or of the middle (thicker and less crisp but more intense savor of the garbanzo).

Chickpeas are a versatile culinary product, with high proportion of proteins and carbohydrates, repeatedly found in the Indian cuisine and Middle East cuisines as well. You can describe the faina similar to a “hummus” but in a thin bread style.

A tradition here is to eat pizza a caballo (“a caballo” means “on horseback”) and it consists of a slice of pizza topped with a slice of faina, an especial warm-savory sandwich, so yummy. This invention, as I know, isn’t a common practice in Italy, only in the Rio de la Plata (Uruguay and Argentina).

The Faina is easy to do and has the combination of chickpea flour, olive oil, water, baked it in a very hot oven and seasoned with black pepper more herbs.
Variants of the same, you can add to the batter alternatively chopped onions, a soft garlic nuance, red peppers, parmesan cheese….or better, all together.

Faina, Farinata, Socca more Olives and Chickpeas or Garbanzos
I know that you want recipes, then I’ve gathered fantastic Farinata recipes for your joy!

Faina – Farinata – Socca Recipes

As vegan & gluten-free friendly, is perfect for every occasion that you need a quick appetizer!
Have you tried faina, socca or farinata or the “name” you want? Do you’ve a magical faina recipe to share?

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I have never heard of this but I know I would like it. We all love chickpeas in any form!


You know this is one of my favorite things;-D You can do so much beyond the basic recipe…Thanks for the link!


I'd love to try this! I have never seen/heard about this before.


I have never heard of that before, but sounds great!


Deeba PAB

Lovely Gera, just lovely. I'd love to try some soon!

Rosa's Yummy Yums

I love chickpea flour! All the recipe sound great! Thanks for the link!




This farinata can be a perfect breakfast food for me accompanied with a cup of black tea. The green olives look gorgeous on the top. But I've never heard chickpea flour before and I'm not sure I can find it here.


How delicious! The pizza 'sandwich' sounds yummy. I will be making some of this very soon – have chickpea flour I need to use up.

Jackie at Phamfatale.com

What an original recipe! I use a lot of chickpea flour in my baking when I make Indian halwa, mmm so good


Thanks for all these great links Gera!


oh, I love! I love! I don't really care for gluten-free or vegan, but savory and crispy? Chickpea? Yum!


Vegan, gluten free and flavorful? That's a winner food item! 🙂

~ Kristi


Ooh this is a new one for me! I love hearing about new food-thankyou! 😀

Carolyn Jung

I love anything in pancake form! 😉

Chow and Chatter

very cool now i know what socca is looks yummy


this is the first time I've heard of farinata but it sure does look appetizing and delicious!


oh Gera, this look absolutely awesome, I would like to try soon! xxgloria


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Thanks a bunch for all of the positive comments! The faina or farinata worth to try and you'll repeat it soon again 🙂


I love chickpeas so I am sure I would love this.


Sounds a great dish! 🙂

My Little Space

This looks delicious and I'm going to check out the recipe. Thank you for sharing, Gera. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!


Great post Gera.
The pictures made me hungry. Very hungry. Keep making these great posts.
Make Pizza, Be Happy!


What a delicious looking snackfood. I would love to try making this.


I love chickpea, and I love what you whip up with it. lovely yellow!

Daily Spud

Thanks for the mention – farinata is indeed a fabulous thing and completely addictive!

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