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Courgette Chickpea Pancakes with Mango Cucumber Salsa

Courgette Chickpea Pancake

A substantial wholesome pancake enlivened with spices and served with a tangy mango and cucumber salsa and yoghurt. These courgette chickpea pancakes are made with gram flour, so they’re naturally gluten free.

The courgettes down on our plot, continue to flourish in the way only courgettes know how to. We both really enjoyed the spiced courgette fritters I made recently. So with plenty more courgettes developing, I couldn’t resist this chickpea pancake version when I spotted it in the February 2005 issue of Delicious.

Courgettes, otherwise known as zucchini, make fabulous pancakes with their beautiful flecks of green. They work just as well in these gluten-free pancakes as they did in my fritters.

In fact, these courgette chickpea pancakes made a substantial one pancake meal. At the same time, they retained an appealing lightness which makes them ideal summer fare. Gluten free cooks, please note, there’s no wheat in these pancakes. Turns out, the chickpea flour, also known as gram flour, is more than a mere substitute.

Chickpea pancakes, otherwise known as socca are a common street food in the south of France. This is my version and it scored well. The mango salsa enlivened the pancakes with a hot and fruity kick – goal!

Other Pancakes Made with Chickpea Flour

And for some ideas for pancakes in general, take a look at my pancakes & waffles category.

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Courgette Chickpea Pancakes – The Recipe

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Courgette Chickpea Pancakes with Mango Cucumber Chutney

A substantial wholesome pancake enlivened with spices and served with a tangy salsa and yoghurt. Made with chickpea flour, it is naturally gluten free.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chickpea flour, courgettes, cucumber, gram flour, mango, pancakes, salsa, socca, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Choclette



  • 2 medium courgettes
  • 180 g chickpea flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground roasted cumin
  • 1 tsp kalonji seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
  • 300 ml water
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 small chilli - deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs of parsley - chopped
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • yoghurt to serve

Mango Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango - peeled, stoned and diced
  • 10 cm chunk of cucumber - diced
  • handful of chives - chopped
  • 1 small red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped
  • small handful of parsley (or coriander) - chopped
  • 1 lime - juiced
  • ¼ tsp ground roasted cumin


  • Grate the courgettes and leave in a colander or sieve to drain of some of the liquid, for 30 minutes or so.
  • Prepare and mix all the salsa ingredients together and season with salt if desired.
  • Place the chickpea flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices, salt and pepper into a large bowl and whisk to mix.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Start to whisk this in gradually adding the water until all is incorporated.
  • Stir in the courgettes, onions, chilli, parsley and oil.
  • Heat a 20 cm non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat and grease with a little oil.
  • Spoon a quarter of the mixture into the pan and flatten out into a large pancake.
  • Fry for about 3-4 minutes until set then flip over and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  • Keep warm in a low oven and repeat the process three more times.
  • Serve with the mango salsa and yoghurt.


Adapted from Brian Glover's recipe in Delicious, Feb 2005
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1109IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg


I’m sending these gluten-free courgette chickpea pancakes off to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

Stuffed full of courgettes as these pancakes are, they go to Extra Veg . It’s hosted this month at Feeding Boys & a Firefighter.


  1. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    2nd September 2015 at 9:40 am

    This looks fab – I love using chickpea flour, gives dishes such an interesting taste and texture!

    • Choclette

      2nd September 2015 at 10:32 am

      I’ve used chickpea flour in cakes before which works well, but as a pancake, this was a first for me – it won’t be a last.

  2. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    2nd September 2015 at 10:40 am

    I had no idea that chickpea pancakes were served in the south of France! You learn something new everyday don’t you! These look delicious. I’ll be sure to post a photo when I give them a try. My parents veg patch is also over flowing with cougette so I’ll be sure to make these when they deliver the next harvest!

    • Choclette

      2nd September 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Emma. Courgettes may come a plenty, but the season is relatively short, so I do relish the glut even whilst throwing my hands up in panic 😉

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    2nd September 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Love these natural gluten free pancakes and that mango salsa looks terrific too.

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 1:54 pm

      thanks Angie. Chickpea flour works so well in pancakes, I’m just surprised it’s taken me so long to find out.

  4. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    2nd September 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I love courgettes, and these pancakes look great! Thanks…

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Our courgette season was quite short this year, so I’m still in love with courgettes. There have been some years though that I don’t think I ever want to see one again 😉

  5. shobha

    2nd September 2015 at 3:31 pm

    These pancakes are so delicious and inviting.. They are made to perfection. I would relish them with some spicy pickle.

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Shobha. The mango chutney worked well, but you’re right any sort of spicy pickle would be good.

  6. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    2nd September 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Can I come over for lunch? Please! Please! I love chickpea pancakes they’re so light and fluffy! Yours look super delicious with vibrant mango on top!

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Of course Sylvia 😉 Why has it taken me so long to discover them I’m now wondering?

  7. Wooooooow!!!

    2nd September 2015 at 4:34 pm

    U know I have to subscribe ur blog dear Choclette…. I am a pure vegetarian girl, and this will be my favorite pancakes… Thanks a ton for sharing!!

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much Wagmee, it’s always good to discover new ways with vegetarian food 🙂

  8. Jolly

    2nd September 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Pancakes look so inviting & delicious aa

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you Jolly. The pancakes were indeed very good.

  9. Kate | The Veg Space

    2nd September 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Yum! That looks fabulous and love the idea of the mango & cucumber chutney. Thanks for linking to my Indian pancakes too!

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Kate. The mango and cucumber chutney worked really nicely with soft and sweet, cool and crunchy together with lime sour and chilli heat – a great combination.

  10. Preethi'scuisine

    2nd September 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Awesome Pancakes !! Perfectly made . I would love these with some spicy pickle or chutney anytime. Thanks for sharing.

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you Preethi, spicy pickle, chutney or salsa really takes these pancakes up to the next level.

  11. Whitney @ That Square Plate

    3rd September 2015 at 3:37 am

    I’ve been wanting to make a savory pancake! I bet this is delicious. Would love to try the fresh chutney 🙂

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Well with courgettes running amok at the moment, this is a good pancake to try Whitney 🙂

  12. Dom

    3rd September 2015 at 12:45 pm

    these look damn fine. I do love a savoury pancake. I think I may make something similar this weekend x

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:10 pm

      You and the Viking will love them for sure Dom AND there are so many courgettes right now.

  13. Sina @ Vegan Heaven

    3rd September 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Oh what a great combo, Choclette! I’ve never had chickpea pancakes. I really gotta try them! 🙂

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Chickpea flour is surprisingly good Sina and makes a nice light and fluffy pancake too. Traditionally they are made with just water, so the egg is sort of superfluous.

  14. Helen @Fuss Free Flavours

    3rd September 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Lovely pancakes, I have socca waffles to experiment with this weekend. Thanks for sharing with #extraveg

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Chickpea flour waffles could be fantastic Helen if you get it right – good luck.

  15. Kacie

    3rd September 2015 at 8:41 pm

    This looks so tasty! I am really into courgettes at the moment.

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:13 pm

      That’s lucky Kacie, there are so many courgettes to be had at the moment. But make the most of them, the season is coming to an end.

  16. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    3rd September 2015 at 9:17 pm

    They sound so delicious! Love this combination and pinning for use ASAP.

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Woohoo Lucy, hope you get to make them soon whilst there are still plenty of courgettes to be had for the taking 😉

  17. Glamorous Glutton

    4th September 2015 at 10:31 am

    This looks really good. I need to have a play with chickpea flower, it’s got so much to offer. GG

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:17 pm

      It really has GG. I was surprised at how light and fluffy these pancakes were – tasty too.

  18. manu

    4th September 2015 at 11:55 am

    What a perfect combo!
    It looks delicious!
    Have a great weekend

    • Choclette

      4th September 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Manu. It was a delicious meal. Hope you have a great weekend too 🙂

  19. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    4th September 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Simply fabulous! These look so scrumptious, I will absolutely definitely positively have to make them! Love love love the addition of the mango salsa…….. AND gluten free! Thank you…… xx

    • Choclette

      6th September 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Yes, this is a good one for you Kate and the chickpea flour really does make a fantastic pancake. As for the mango salsa … well!!!

  20. Kecia

    4th September 2015 at 7:29 pm

    These pancakes look absolutely fantastic! Hearty and filling and healthy, too!

    • Choclette

      6th September 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Kecia, they are all of those things 🙂

  21. Katie

    5th September 2015 at 8:02 am

    Wow these look totally delicious and something i’d really like to try. I love courgettes and i’m always on the look-out for something different to do with them. Thanks for hooking up with Extra Veg 🙂

    • Choclette

      6th September 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks Katie. Adding them to pancakes or fritters is a lovely way to use them and also good for kids who might be a bit picky about their veg.

  22. ManjiriK

    9th September 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I like the sound of your chutney, I am a biiiig fan of mangoes and love pancakes too. Working with chickpea flour is also great fun.

    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 9:11 pm

      I’ve been really surprised at how good chickpea flour is in cakes Manjiri as well as pancakes.

  23. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    10th September 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Just discovered your recipe over at Meat Free Mondays, I’m so pleased to find a new courgette recipe. Love the idea of using chickpea flour, your pancakes look delicious Choclette x

    • Choclette

      11th September 2015 at 10:46 am

      Haha Sarah, are you inundated with courgettes by any chance? We’ve been making lots of soup, but I’ve done a few pancakes and fritters now and they make a really nice change.

  24. Lisa @FacelessFood

    7th June 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I would never have thought to add courgettes to a pancake batter. I love the look of that spicy salsa too.

    • Choclette

      8th June 2016 at 8:57 am

      Courgettes work really well in pancakes. I’ve used them in wheat ones too. And yes, this has reminded me how good that chutney was. Rushes off to buy mangos.


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