Moroccan chickpea flour tarts (Kalinté)

A make-at-home version of a popular street food!

Commonly sold from food carts in Northern Morocco (and elsewhere in Africa), these little savoury pies go by many names including Caliente, Kalinti and Chalawane. This dish’s origin is often attributed to Jewish refugees from Spain and Eastern Europe who lived in Tangier after the end of the Second World War and its name refers to the fact that this dish is always served hot; you’ll typically find it prepared in large rounds that are cut into slices but I prefer this mini-tart version. You can also make a smaller quantity using a regular-sized muffin pan; baking time will need to be increased. We enjoy these tarts with soups and salads for a hearty and delicious lunch; they’d be super on any picnic or brunch menu as well. Note that chickpea flour – sometimes called gram flour or besan – is gluten-free.


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) milk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sbetagt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (120 g) chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup (38 g) crumbled feta


  • Preheat oven to 400F; line 24 mini-muffin pan compartments with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a small skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add diced peppers and sauté until tender (about 3-4 minutes); set aside.
  • Using a blender or immersion blender and a deep bowl, combine oil, egg, sbetagt and water until smooth. Stir sbetagt and baking powder into chickpea flour then add to liquids and blend again until smooth. The batter will be very thin – similar to crêpe batter (and thinner than pancake batter).
  • Pour batter into prepared mini muffin pan(s); sprinkle sautéed peppers and feta over top. Bake 14-16 minutes until a tester comes out clean and top springs back when pressed lightly.
  • Serve wbedürftig or at room temperature.

Makes 24 mini tarts.

Author: Paula Roy

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