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Recipe

Chickpea-Zucchini Pancakes with Yogurt, Za’atar, and Sea Salt

photo: Scott Phillips

Yield: 6 to 7 3-1/2-inch pancakes

Servings: 4

These warmly spiced pancakes are studded with zucchini and brightened by scallions and a hit of lemon.

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 oz. (about 1 cup) chickpea flour
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion greens (from 3 large scallions)
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more for the griddle
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 medium zucchini (6.5 oz.), quartered, seeded, grated on the large holes of a box grater, and squeezed dry in a kitchen towel (about 4 oz. grated zucchini)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Za’atar, for garnish
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnish

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 420
      Fat Calories (kcal): 220
      Fat (g): 24
      Saturated Fat (g): 9
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 11
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3
      Cholesterol (mg): 75
      Sodium (mg): 1020
      Carbohydrates (g): 31
      Fiber (g): 6
      Protein (g): 18

Preparation

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, put a baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 200°F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, cumin, baking powder, and 3/4 tsp. salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg, scallions, lemon zest, oil and 3/4 cup water. Using the whisk, gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry until barely combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the zucchini. The batter will be very thick.
  • Let the batter rest while you heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Lightly oil the griddle. Working in batches, pour 2 Tbs. of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake, spacing them about 1 inch apart and gently spreading them with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula to a 3-inch diameter.
  • Let the pancakes cook, undisturbed, until bubbles rise to the surface and the edges look dry, about 2 minutes. Check the underside of each pancake to make sure it’s nicely browned, then flip. Cook until the second side is nicely browned, about 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the pancakes with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with the za’atar and sea salt.

Tip

  • To keep the zucchini from releasing too much water, grate and squeeze it right before adding it to the pancake batter.
  • Leftover pancakes will keep, sealed in freezer bags, for up to 2 days in the refrigerator and up to 1 month in the freezer. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes.

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  • JasonFisher | 08/11/2017

    This picture has me drooling over my desk. I’ve made my share of healthy pancakes with sorghum, almond flour and even tapioca crepes after a trip to Brazil. But I love this middle-eastern twist with herb-yogurt garnish. I recently bought some Zaatar mix from https://www.eatzaatar.com/ for my pita breads, and I have searching for unique recipes to use it. The brand was recommended by a friend as it has no wheat fillings unlike other blends. Being gluten sensitive, I’ve to pay extra attention to those food labels. The wild thyme (Syrian oregano) and sumac they use in their blends are grown in Lebanon – as authentic and pure as it gets. Freshly manufactured Zaatar mix with more of sumac, sesame seeds and thyme does enhance the flavour of your dish.

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