Friday, May 1, 2009


Over the last couple of months I have mentioned Calentita in connection with Catalan Bay and the patois of Gibraltar – Llanito.

Today I bring you the actual recipe which, being of simple ingredients, you might like to try for yourself.

I have read that the use of these basic ingredients goes back to the times of siege – or of course it could be it was just what poor people had to hand, a Llanito Yorkshire Pudding. I have also seen recipes where an egg or a pinch of cumin are added.

250g chick pea flour
1 litre water
olive oil
salt & pepper

Mix chickpea flour, water and salt/pepper in a bowl. Leave to stand. Preheat oven to 175C. Take a tin 15x23cms or oven dish. Put enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat in oven. When hot, spread oil over the sides of tin with a pastry brush or by tilting. Stir mixture, pour immediately into tin then put back in the oven for about an hour (until it is set in the middle). Will serve two or three people.

Of course whilst you are munching on your Calentita you might like to read the hilarious Calentita column (in Llanito). Just click on the Panorama on the links section on the right.

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