The taste of pudla, though, is spicier than socca, with a whole green chili in the batter, and a handful of cilantro, not to mention plenty of grated ginger. It makes a wonderful breakfast, along with a simple cilantro and mint chutney, such as this this one.

But pudla still has other good things in common with socca: it’s gluten-free (provided your chickpea flour is 100% certified gluten-free, of course), and vegan. This kind of crepe is now one of my go-to recipes when hosting gluten-free friends; it’s so savory and satisfying, and with a hash of breakfast potatoes and sautéed vegetables, it becomes a really exciting brunch dish.


  • 1 1/3 cups (150 grams) chickpea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 green finger chili
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Oil cooking spray


In a large mixing bowl, place the besan, salt, chilli powder. Chop finely the chilli and coriander [cilantro] and toss in and grate in the ginger. Mix in the water removing any lumps that may have formed. Tactile is best – I just do this with my fingers! When you have an even smooth mixture, leave it to sit for at least half an hour or if you can for up to two hours.

When you’re ready to eat, get a tawa or frying pan to a very high heat with a drizzle of oil or a spray, then reduce the heat to medium high. Using a ladle, spoon one helping of the batter into the centre of the tawa, swirling it round gently with the handle to get it to spread as evenly as possible in a circle.

Cook it for 10 seconds on one side, then flip it over with a spatula and cook on the other. Remove the Pudla and start again with another one. The key is to drizzle oil on the edges of the pan before you cook the next Pudla. It can become a greasy affair, hence I prefer to use an oil spray.

Eat hot, hot, hot dunked in coriander chutney.

1.  Some tips on making pudla, chickpea Indian crepes.


2.  how heats up tawa (flat griddle) and sprays it with cooking spray


3. Here’s the crepe ready to be turned.


4. carefully turns it over (see how thin it is?)


5. And finishes cooking quickly. It only needs about 10 seconds of cooking on each side.