How to Make Socca
If you can’t travel to the south of France, this recipe can show you how to make the chickpea flatbread called Socca at home.
I had a fun journey learning how to make Socca, a delicious chickpea flatbread found in the south of France. When I found chickpea flour at a middle eastern market in L.A. I had some e-mail discussion with my friend David Lebovitz, who told me he loved the Socca he found in France and had been experimenting with making Socca. And I became obsessed with making Socca myself!
My first attempts were not great, but David told me there can be quite a lot of variation in different types of chickpea flour, which only made me more determined to try it again. Fast forward to the release of David’s new book The Sweet Life in Paris (affiliate link) and the perfected Socca recipe on his blog, which rekindled my desire to try making it.
I was also lucky enough to happen upon a great little cast iron griddle, small enough to fit under the broiler, so a few days ago I gave it a try. And I absolutely loved the Socca recipe I came up with here. If only I knew how to say “it was fantastic” in French, I could properly express how much I liked this recipe!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- Chickpea Flour (affiliate link)
- sea salt
- ground cumin (affiliate link)
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
What is Socca?
Socca is a type of rustic flatbread made from chickpea flour, water, and olive oil. It’s prepared as a batter, poured into a pan or on a small griddle, and baked or fried. This chickpea flour flatbread is found as a street food in southern France where it’s served with lots of fresh-ground pepper.
Is this Socca recipe low in carbs?
Of course flatbread made with chickpea flour does have some carbs, but check the nutritional information and you may be decide this is not too high in net carbs for an occasional treat. And Socca is gluten-free!
What pan did I use to cook the Socca?
I used a cast iron griddle that I found at a bargain price at the grocery store to cook the Socca. You can definitely find a good Round Cast Iron Griddle (affiliate link) at Amazon.com if you don’t find one where you live.
How did we eat the Socca?
My Socca was definitely thinner and less crispy this time than my previous experiments, and we thought it was perfectly delightful eaten hot from the griddle, with a bit of olive oil drizzled on and some salt and fresh ground black pepper.
What else can you make with chickpea flour?
Chickpea flour is used all over the world to make thin flatbread crepes, pancakes, or crackers. Depending on where they’re made, they can be called Pappadum (India), Farinata (Italy) or Socca (France). Farinata and Socca may or may not be the same, depending on which expert you ask, but they’re definitely similar.
How to make Socca:
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- I found this brand of garbanzo or chickpea flour at Whole Foods, and it seemed yellower and not as fine as the type I used for my Farinata, so I had hopes it would be more similar to what’s used in Europe.
- After I mixed chickpea flour, water, salt, ground cumin (affiliate link), and olive oil, I let the batter rest for a few hours.
- This is my lovely new cast iron griddle, purchased at Smith’s Marketplace in Salt Lake City for $12.79. What a bargain, huh?
- To cook the Socca, you brush the griddle with olive oil, heat it under the broiler, pour on a thin layer of batter, and cook under the broiler.
- Maybe I was nervous about burning it, because my first attempt turned out a little pale, although it was quickly devoured with no complaints!
- My second try was better, but by the third one I learned that I got best results when I poured the batter straight down in the middle and let it naturally run out to the edges. I recommend leaving them under the broiler until they browned a bit, but were still slightly soft and could easily be folded.
- I guess I’ll have to go to France and try authentic Socca to see how my results would compare, but in the meantime I’ll definitely keep making this chickpea flatbread at home.
Make Socca for a vegetarian meal:
I think Socca would be an amazing side dish for a meatless meal. When the weather is warm I’d serve it with something like Grilled Eggplant Salad, Marinated Zucchini Salad, or Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad. When it’s colder weather Socca would be tasty to dip into Mexican Red Lentil Stew, Butternut Squash Soup, or Black Bean and Rice Soup.
More Tasty Recipes with Chickpeas:
- Balela Salad
- Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs
- Curried Chickpea Salad
- Garlicky Roastsed Chickpeas with Feta, Mint, and Lemon
- Moroccan Chickpea Stew
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup plus 2 T water
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 1/2 T olive oil (plus a bit more for brushing griddle and drizzling on finished Socca)
- Whisk together the chickpea flour, water, cumin, and olive oil.
- Cover container and let rest for 2 hours at room temperature.
- When ready to cook Socca, preheat broiler. (I have a gas broiler, so I’m not sure how the results would be different with an electric broiler.)
- When broiler is hot, brush cast iron griddle or frying pan with olive oil, heat under the broiler for 2 minutes, then remove from oven (use a mitt!) and pour on a thin layer of batter.
- Cook Socca under the broiler until it has firmed and well-browned, especially on the edges.
- For me, this took about 4 minutes under the broiler, but watch the time on your first one.
- Continue to make Socca pancakes like this, brushing the griddle with oil and heating it between each one.
- Cut finished Socca into rough triangular pieces, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
- Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 602mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Socca Chickpea Flatbread is somewhat high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans, but if you check the nutritional info it may be lower in net carbs than you think. It’s low-glycemic and approved for the original South Beach Diet Phase Two. I think this would make a great gluten-free replacement for pita bread and I can imagine serving it with Hummus, Falafel, or Tzatziki Sauce.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
I first became obsessed with the idea of making Socca and then posted this recipe in 2009! Since then I’ve made it many times. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.