Rosemary & Garlic Farinata

Rosemary and Garlic Farinata Recipe

Farinata is one of those things that almost no one has heard of, or tasted, yet it is so simple and delicious that no one seems to be able to explain why. I’d been meaning to try it for well over a year, but for some reason never got round to it. This process of forgetfulness seems to repeat itself and in the wake of my blog is a perpetual trail of dead and forgotten ideas. Indeed, had it not been for the fact that Shira, of in pursuit of more, posted her own recipe for farinata a week or so ago, this probably would have been accidentally consigned to the archives of my mind. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case; as I’ve already mentioned, farinata is exceptionally flavoursome and FrugalFeeding really couldn’t do without it! Thanks, Shira!

Farinata is essentially a cross between flat bread and a thick pancake. To make it, all one need do is mix gram (chickpea) flour with water and whatever additional flavourings one desires, before baking it in the oven until golden brown. It can then be cut up and served as a side dish, or as a starter before a main meal. There isn’t much more to it than that, except that it does a great job of highlighting just how interesting and versatile gram flour can be. Indeed, it is a food, a facial exfoliant and can be used as a substitute for egg. Not only this, but because it is composed entirely of chickpeas it contains no gluten. Perhaps some experimentation is order to assess whether it would be suitable for cake making – I doubt it.

Rosemary and Garlic Farinata Recipe

You may have noticed that I’ve not been blogging quite as much of late. This isn’t because I’m becoming bored of the whole food thing… far from it – my life is simply going through a spot of change. Once things have settled down a little I shall explain exactly what’s been going on – it’s very exciting, I promise. But for now, you’ll have to content yourself with these little slices of legume heaven. Enjoy!

Rosemary & Garlic Farinata

Serves 4-8


• 200g gram flour, sieved

• 650ml warm water

• 2 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped

• 2 cloves of garlic, mashed and finely chopped

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• A generous pinch of salt

• A substantial twist of black pepper


1. Whisk the water into the gram flour, leave no lumps. Tip in the garlic and rosemary, season and leave to stand for 30 minutes to an hour.

2. Heat the oven to 220C and pour the olive oil into a large earthenware casserole dish. Heat the oil up until smoking and pour the batter in. Pop immediately back in the oven and bake until golden brown – this should take 40-50 minutes.

3. Serve with salad and chutney, as a side dish or a replacement for bread.

Rosemary and Garlic Farinata Recipe

Cost: Gram flour is extremely inexpensive and since rosemary is easily found on local bushes, this recipe is exceptionally cost effective. Indeed, the entire batch of farinata should set one back no more than around 70p – that’s a great price, even for a side.

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121 comments on “Rosemary & Garlic Farinata

  1. budgetcookingblog
    September 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    That sounds really interesting. I’m going to try it. Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks! I know you’ll love it – it’s very frugal.

  2. stirandstitch
    September 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    i’m not suggesting that this recipe should be used as a last resort, but i love knowing that, despite an empty fridge and uninspiring pantry, i could make a great meal out of little more than chickpea flour and water! well done.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Exactly, it’s all about being frugal :D. Thanks.

  3. PolaM
    September 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Looks delicious! And it could be a great way to use some of the gram flour I have in my pantry…

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it isn’t used for loads of dishes, so this is a great way.

  4. Karista
    September 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Looks delicious! Farinata is definitely something I don’t make often enough. Love your version of Rosemary and Garlic. Can’t wait to hear about your exciting news Frugal 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Ah, you’ve heard of it? Great! :D. Thanks, Karista. It’s exciting for me, at least.

      • Karista
        September 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        Ah yes, chickpeas are widely used where I live, mostly due to a large vegetarian and vegan population. They can be quite tasty, or not. However, yours look delicious!

        • frugalfeeding
          October 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          I use them loads – they are indispensable and cheap!

  5. Somer
    September 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Legume heaven indeed! And of course I have chickpea flour to make it! Woohoo! We both mention Shira in our posts today 🙂 Isn’t she lovely?!

    • Shira
      September 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      You guys! I love you both! Too wonderful when all of our bloggy worlds collide together like this! Can’t help but feel (just a little) special today 🙂 Thanks to both of you, who I, of course, adore. Great take on chickpea flatbread Nick – I like that you leave it to sit, I imagine that helps all of the flavors to meld a little?

      • frugalfeeding
        September 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Haha – thanks, Shira :D. You are special, of course. Yes the flavours infuse and it allows the water to properly soak up all the flour and give it a great texture,

      • Somer
        September 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        🙂 🙂 🙂 This is what makes blogging so much fun! xoxo

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Oh yes, Somer! I know you’ll love this! Haha – she is 😀

      • Somer
        September 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        My friend Erika has all ready made both of your recipes! We had a phone conversation about it yesterday! Funny 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          October 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

          Oh blimey! Haha – I’m being talked about!

          • Somer
            October 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

            It was in a good way! I promise!

          • frugalfeeding
            October 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

            Ah, here it was. I know 😀

  6. idiosyncratic eye
    September 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Very interesting, it looked like polenta but if it’s made from gram flour then I’m sure that it’ll taste more like falafel, intriguing. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Hmm, it doesn’t taste very much like falafel, but I suppose it’s akin to polenta, but it has a much softer texture.

  7. croftgarden
    September 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I thought it looked like polenta too, but it seems a great deal easier. I’ve never been sure what to do with gram flour, so now I know, thanks.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Oh yes, very simple indeed. I do hope you enjoy it.

  8. ohmygoodygoodness
    September 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    This looks fantastic. I love having more recipes to serve my gluten free friends!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks! Yes, me too and it’s good to be natural rather than making something that shouldn’t be gluten free, gluten free.

  9. Villy
    September 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Farinata!! Wow!! Thick and beautiful!

  10. Kirsten
    September 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I’m going to have to try this! It looks so good.

  11. Conor Bofin
    September 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Gram flour is now on the shopping list. That reads and looks excellent.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Conor! I hope you like this, in fact I know you will.

  12. soffiagudrun
    September 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I was very curious to know what Farinata was… always fun to learn new words. Good luck with what ever you´re up to!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      It is indeed, it’s one of the reasons I love blogging! Thanks!

  13. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    September 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I came across a bag of chickpea flour in the fridge yesterday and was wondering what to do with it! Now I know! PS. I doubt I’d use it as a facial scrub though. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      In the fridge?! How strange… Any reason for it being in the fridge (perhaps I’m ignorant!) No, don’t use it as a facial scrub…

      • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
        September 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        I keep all my grains and flours in the fridge, to stop weevils. It’s a problem related to hot summer weather, so maybe not a huge issue in the UK?

        • frugalfeeding
          October 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          Ah – yes we don’t have that problem. Very clever.

  14. notesfromrumbleycottage
    September 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I wonder where I can find chickpea flour.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      umm… I don’t know anything about where you live… a health food shop?

    • procleon
      October 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

      In a shop that sells Indian food. It might be labelled besan.

  15. Simran S. & Stacie D.
    September 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Yums! I can see this being very kid friendly or a good school lunch!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Yes, it’s really good the next day and cold!

  16. thevanillabeandiaries
    September 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Never heard of it, but definitely trying it! And great photos by the way 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks! I hope you do, it would be a good idea 😀

  17. allyoudoiseat
    September 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I’ve never heard of this either! Looks interesting though, I’d love to give it a try!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I hope you do – it has so much flavour.

  18. musingmar
    September 26, 2012 at 2:54 am

    This sounds so interesting; I’ll have to try it to satisfy my curiosity!

  19. barflysf
    September 26, 2012 at 5:35 am

    You could also try making panisse frites which is basically cooking chickpea flour and water into a thick polenta-like batter and then pour into a square pan. Once cool, cut into mini-bricks and fry (breading is optional). Less healthy than farinata but oh so good. Frances here in San Francisco has the best version ever.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      That sounds good, I’ll looks into it – thanks 😀

  20. emmycooks
    September 26, 2012 at 6:29 am

    You’re right that I’ve never heard of farinata–but it sounds like a lot of us are going to be learning more about it! I do like pretty much anything with rosemary, so that’s a promising start. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      It’s quite a rare thing outside of Italy I think. Rosemary is definitely my favourite herb.

  21. Clarisse Shaina
    September 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Fantastic shot of the rosemary and garlic! This post is making me hungry.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Clarisse! It makes me hungry too 🙂

  22. mredible
    September 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I hope they’ll not turn out to be as addictive as that other chick pea favourite, hummus. lol.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Haha – hummus is very addictive. They may, I’ve made it twice already.

  23. zahody
    September 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Fancy seeing rosemary and garlic over here, too. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Hehe – it’s an awesome combination 😀

  24. Amy
    September 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you for “liking” my Post today over a my Blog “Healthy Stuff Reviews!” I really appreciate it…as I recently started blogging and I’m sincerely hoping to get more people over to my site.

    You seem like quite the cook and creative chef, in fact! Very beautiful pictures of your food, as well. Overall excellent blog, and I’m going to subscribe to daily posts here.

    This recipe for “Rosemary & Garlic Farinata!” I had never heard of farinata before, and it sounds delicious and a wonderful texture of being a cross or “hybrid” between flat bread and a thick pancake. Yum!

    P.S. Do you mind “sharing” with some of your readers something about my site to draw more people over there? I’d really appreciate it, if you could. Thank you!

    ~Amy 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      No problem! Thanks :). Farinata truly is wonderful, as is your comment :).

  25. Chica Andaluza
    September 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow – this bought back some memories for me. My god mother (from the north of Italy) used to make this and I haven´t eaten it for years – what a great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Oh that’s so cool :). You should make it – so simple.

  26. Sophia
    September 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Ever since trying my first slice of farinata on a little island off the coast of Sardigna (where the locals get to enjoy a daily dose of farinata thanks to their ancestors coming over from Genoa) I have been in love with these hearty little pancakes/flatbreads (so much so that I keep gram flour on hand now). Thanks for posting this recipe – it uses a lot more water than the recipe I have been using so I am curious to see how this affects the texture of the farinata.

    All the best


    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      They are so yum! It makes them much easier to enjoy I find. Though, one might have to let them cool before they are easy to eat. However, I didn’t and they were delicious.

  27. Sibella at
    September 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Looks excellent and I am sure very flavorful with rosemary and garlic! There is a very similar dish in Bosnia (and Balkan region) made either with feta cheese or potatoes.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Sibella! Very flavourful indeed! I shall check it out!

  28. shermangerherd
    September 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, as my 12 YO grand-daughter is on gluten-free diet. As is my daughters family.
    PS thanks for the follow. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      No problem! It’s more than suitable for them.

  29. Lois
    September 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    This just looks soooooooooooooooo good!!

  30. The Mabel Davis Team
    September 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Reblogged this on Friend's Pantry Blog and commented:
    Looks good will have to try this one.

  31. erin
    September 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

    and here you go making another thing I’ve never had! clearly I need to expand my horizons a bit..this looks awesome.

  32. marymtf
    September 27, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I had to keep reading just to find out what farinata is. I’ll give it a go and impress my vegetarian son with it soon. What I found even more fascinating was that the flour also acted as an exfoliant. Do please expand on that.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Haha – I’m sure he’ll like it. I guess you just mix it with water and apply it… Google will probably help!

  33. marymtf
    September 27, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I mean, I don’t want to make too much of a fool of myself rubbing flour on my face.

  34. Stephanie
    September 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

    This sounds interesting and looks like something that could be very addictive. Looking forward to hearing about the exciting news!

  35. thelittleloaf
    September 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Your farinata looks thicker than ones I’ve seen before but just as delicious. I need to make some soon – you’ve reminded me how much I love it!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Kate! I like it a little thicker… feels nicer.

  36. Amy S.
    September 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Never heard of farinata before but very interested in trying it. What kind of texture does it have? Chewy? Bread-like (like where you could pull it about)? From the picture it looks like it has a smooth, brownie-like texture where you could just cut it with a fork.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      OH you must. No, not particularly chewy and not very bread like. It has a texture all of its own.

  37. Keep Calm and Eat On
    September 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Yes, I must say your presence on my WP Reader was being missed.
    Chickpea flour is great. Cakes are not a good idea but they are widely used in Indian and middle eastern cuisine. This recipe sounds and looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I am sorry :(. I’m doing a bit of transitioning at the moment. I’ll be back in full force soon enough!

  38. khevina
    September 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    As you said, I never heard of this. Will def. try it asap 🙂 thank you for sharing. Btw I really like your recipes, gonna be trying a few soon.

  39. susartandfood
    September 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Chickpeas are so versatile. I love falafel, and just about everything made of them. Never heard of this one, however, will have to try.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Indeed they are! Yes, give it a go… you won’t regret it.

  40. Karen
    September 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Your are right…I had never heard of this dish. It seems very easy to prepare and sounds terrific.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks, Karen. Yes, it was very simple – I’m sure you’d love it.

      • Karen
        October 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

        I will be giving it a try when we come back from our travels.

  41. kanzensakura
    October 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This looks so very good. I think I’ll make and eat with the last of my lucious summer tomatoes. A good way to use precious jewels of summer, I think. Thanks! Can hardly wait to hear your news.

  42. Bob Vivant
    October 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I made this last night for dinner. It was fantastic(!!) next to our last tomato salad of the season. And congratulations on the move!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Amazing :D. I’m so glad you made it! Thanks, Bobbi!

  43. Natalie Ward
    October 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    This has been om my “to make” list for ages too! You’ve just moved it much nearer the top again, garlic & rosemary is one of my favourite combinations and it’s gluten-free! Have a great weekend!