Chickpea Pancakes #3 – Fennel & Olive Mega Mix (Tangy & Vegan) | Hurry The Food Up

Chickpea Pancakes #3 – Fennel & Olive Mega Mix (Tangy & Vegan)

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The pancake serving #chickpea flour #basil |

As this is our second chickpea pancake recipe in as many weeks, you might be starting to think we’re a little obsessed with them.

And you’d be right.

We love chickpea pancakes! They lend themselves to savoury toppings fantastically well (we don’t always want a sweet breakfast, call us crazy), and the sheer versatility of them is just awesome.

Our original chickpea flour pancakes post became really popular over the last few years, so it would seem we’re not alone.

As an added bonus, chickpea pancakes are gluten-free too, of course – incredibly important to some. If you’re an IBS sufferer make sure you check out these vegetarian low-FODMAP ideas.

New week, new flavours

After last week’s sweet and sour caramelized onion and feta chickpea pancake, we decided to go a different route this week.

First up, we’re going nice and tangy. The sauce we recommend with this one is simple – it’s a mustardy-vinegary mix. The ingredients are down below, and you’ve probably got most of them in the cupboard.

If that’s not your thing, feel free to use your favourite sauce, or a simple chutney – like this red onion chutney.

Next, we’re going vegan. We’ve omitted all dairy from this one – the topping is diced fennel and chopped olives. We fry or sauté them for just a few minutes to get the fennel softened up to an agreeable texture.

Chickpea pancake is ready #fennel #olives |

Why we love chickpeas

There are many reasons, but chickpeas are high in protein, fibre and iron. All are important for muscle growth and repair, digestion, general body functions and a whole lot more. Getting extra iron is something vegetarians must be careful to do.

The key to making chickpea pancakes

As always, make sure your chickpea pancakes are nice and thin. If they’re thick they’ll taste heavy and floury. That’s not what we want – we want them sprightly, fluffy and ever-so-slightly crispy.

Let them cook in a non-stick pan on a medium heat for about four minutes on each side – until they just start to brown. That’s perfect.

The pancake serving #chickpea flour #basil |
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Chickpea Flour Pancake #3 – Fennel & Olive

These tangy chickpea pancakes are vegan and incredibly tasty. Getting them right is easy – just follow our simple cooking steps!
Course Lunch, Mains
Cuisine Hipster, Indian
Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 364kcal
Author Hauke


For the sauce:



  • Cut the fennel into slices. Slice the olives. Chop or crush the garlic clove (if using).
  • Grab a pot, set it to low heat. Sauté the fennel in a bit of olive oil (or a tbsp or two water) for 7 minutes. Then add the olives and garlic and fry for another 5 minutes.


  • While that’s happening, Grab a bowl and add the chickpea flour and salt (or garlic salt). Pour in the water while mixing the batter properly with a fork. If you have a whisk, use that.
  • Set a pan to medium heat, add olive oil and pour in half the batter.
  • Fry for about 4-5 minutes. Flip, then fry for another 4-5 minutes. The pancake should come out crispy(ish).


  • In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, water, olive oil, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper together.
  • Once the pancakes are ready, plate them. Spread out fennel-olive mix and add a little fresh basil on top. Finish it all off with a proper drizzle of the mustard sauce.


Here are some more recipes that you may enjoy:
The super-nutritious Feta and Spinach Pancakes
Best food post-run or workout – The Runner’s Sandwich
The ever-tasty vegetarian Farmer’s Breakfast
The super-simple Low Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes


Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Flour Pancake #3 – Fennel & Olive
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 402mg17%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. Very interesting, at home we make something very similar called Pooda(Indian; slightly spicy chickpea pancake with fresh fenugreek leaves) Will give this a try !

    • Hi Ravi, ah that sounds great. What toppings do you use? Are the fenugreek leaves alone? I have never tried them, but happily will if I have a recipe!

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