Faina Chickpea Flatbread Uruguay

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 30m
Ready In

Recipe: #13828

August 13, 2014

"Brought by Italian's to Uruguay, they top Faina with pizza toppings also. Since Faina uses chickpea flour instead of wheat flour, it's a gluten-free flatbread."

Original is 3 servings
588.4 Calories. More Nutrition

Is Faina, also called Chickpea Flatbread, gluten-free?

Gram flour, also called besan, garbanzo flour, or chickpea flour, is made from ground chickpeas, which are naturally gluten-free. - BeyondCeliac.org

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix water and flour and cheese until smooth; cover, let set overnight at room temp.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 450.

Step 3

The next day, skim off foam.

Step 4

Whisk in 1/4 c oil and seasonings.

Step 5

Grease skillet with 2 t oil. Pour batter in, should be 1/4" (1/2 cm) but no greater than 1/2" (1 cm) thick. Bake until edges crisp and pulls away from pan and gets golden, was 30 minutes, I would check sooner.

Step 6

Cut into 6 wedges.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 (461.4 g), Calories 588.4, Total Fat - 25.5 g, Saturated Fat - 4.5 g, Cholesterol - 5.3 mg, Sodium - 1634.1 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 79.9 g, Dietary Fiber - 12 g, Sugars - 0.5 g, Protein - 17.2 g, Calcium - 137.4 mg, Iron - 4.2 mg, Vitamin C - 0.1 mg, Thiamin - 0.6 mg.


  • 12 inch cast iron skillet.
  • Can top with pizza toppings if you wish.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Look for chickpea flour that is finely ground for best results.
  • Be sure to use fresh rosemary for the best flavor.

  • Substitute almond milk for water to add a nutty flavor and make the flatbread dairy-free. This substitution also adds calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Substitute coconut oil for olive oil to add a subtle sweetness and make the flatbread vegan. This substitution also adds healthy fats and helps to reduce inflammation.

Vegetarian Pizza Faina Top Faina with desired pizza toppings such as mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until toppings are cooked.

Vegetarian Pizza Faina with Pesto Top Faina with pesto, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until toppings are cooked.

RECOMMENDED DISH: Grilled Vegetable Salad - A simple and delicious way to enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean. The combination of grilled vegetables with a light vinaigrette dressing makes this dish a perfect accompaniment to the Faina Chickpea Flatbread Uruguay.

RECOMMENDED DISH: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - A creamy and flavorful dip made with roasted red peppers and chickpeas. This dish is packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins to make it a healthy and delicious accompaniment to the Faina Chickpea Flatbread Uruguay.


Q: Can I use a different type of oil?

A: Yes, you can use vegetable oil or another type of oil instead of olive oil. Just make sure to adjust the amount accordingly.

Q: How long should I cook the dish?

A: The cooking time will vary depending on the type of dish you are preparing. Generally, you should cook the dish until it is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

2 Reviews

Delicious! put any topping you want on it made it twice. go for 1/4" thickness (crunchier). In my oven, it was ready in 15 minutes---keep an eye on it. It was worth leaving the flour soaking overnight. Pouring into the hot pan from a pitcher instead of a bowl allows for a slower pour and more even cooking. Enjoy!


(15 Aug 2020)


I confess I was afraid that the water quantity mentioned in the recipe would be too much. No problem the quantity was perfect and the flatbreat resultet not too humid. I had only problems to loose it from the mold. I don't know the reason, perhaps the mold itself or the cheese of the recipe. To take it out I used a silicon spatula and I manged to take it out without destroying the bread. This bread is really very good, I love the combination with rosemary and cheese. It would be great cut into small pieces and served as appetizier. Made for "Culinary Quest 2014"


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(27 Aug 2014)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Faina is a popular dish in Uruguay, and is believed to have been brought to the region by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. It's a gluten-free flatbread, made with chickpea flour instead of wheat flour.

Fun Fact 2:Faina is often served with pizza toppings, such as tomato sauce, cheese and herbs, making it a popular alternative to traditional pizza. It's also been featured on the menu of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in London.