Vegan Farinata

An easy to make and delicious vegan recipe with cupboard ingredients from our friends at Viva!

Ingredients: 

Batter 

  • ​200g/1⅔ cups chickpea/gram flour
  • 500ml/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Filling

  • Around 5-6 whole artichoke hearts, sliced (tin or jar)
  • ½ red onion finely sliced (optional)
  • 12 whole sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp capers
  • About 12 pitted black olives, halved or sliced
  • Handful of chopped dill and 1 tbsp chives (or any fresh herbs of your choice), finely chopped

For a budget option, remove the artichokes and fresh herbs and use 1 tsp dried mixed herbs instead. 

Method: 

  • Sieve the gram flour into a large mixing bowl and then pour in the warm water. Whisk thoroughly and then cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and set aside to ferment for a minimum of two hours but ideally overnight. 
  • Preheat the oven to 210°C (fan)/410ºF/Gas Mark 6-7. You can be prepping the rest of the ingredients now if you wish. 
  • When the batter is ready, remove any foam that has formed on top of the batter and then stir in the olive oil, salt, black pepper and fresh herbs.
  • Line the bottom of a baking tray (approx 15″ x 11″) with a good layer of olive oil so it forms a thin coating. Heat in the oven for a few minutes until smoking hot. 
  • When the oil is hot enough, remove the tray from the oven and pour in the batter. Then add your filling ingredients so they are evenly distributed. 
  • Bake in the oven until golden brown on top, approximately 15-20 minutes (don’t overcook it or it will get rubbery). 
  • Let it cool slightly then cut into triangles or squares and serve with a nice fresh salad.

This recipe was created by Vegan Recipe Club, a project created by the UK’s leading vegan charity Viva!. Their website has over 500 tried and tested vegan recipes – making vegan food fun, delicious and accessible for everyone. Visit www.veganrecipeclub.org.uk.

Check out the Vegan Recipe Club’s full list of store cupboard/freezer adaptable recipes here and budget recipes here.