Chickpea Pancakes with Leeks, Squash, and Yogurt

Chickpea Pancakes with Leeks, Squash, and Yogurt

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Weekday pancakes sound like a stretch? Make the batter Sunday evening and start the week strong.


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated peeled squash (such as butternut or kabocha)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high.
  2. Add leek, season with kosher salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until leek is softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add squash and season again. Cook, stirring often, until squash is cooked through and softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a plate and let cool.
  3. Wipe out skillet and reserve.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk egg, chickpea flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl; season with pepper and let sit 5 minutes for flour to hydrate. Stir vegetables into batter just to coat.
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in reserved skillet over medium-high. Add batter by the 1/4-cupful to make 4 pancakes, gently flattening to about 1/4″ thick. Batter should spread easily—if it doesn't, thin with a little water. Cook until bottoms are lightly browned and bubbles form on top, about 4 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip pancakes over and cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and tent with a sheet of foil to keep warm. Repeat with another 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and remaining batter. Serve pancakes topped with yogurt, parsley, sea salt, and pepper.
  6. Do ahead: Leek and squash can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Batter can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill.

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