Veganuary: How to make Plates’ Kirk Haworth’s recipe for pancake, beetroot, chickpea aioli & wild rocket salad

Vegan chef Kirk Haworth shares one of his recipes to help Londoners doing Veganuary created a plant-based fine dining experience at home.

He runs the high-end vegan restaurant and food studio Plates in east London with his sister Keeley and last year he was the first ever plant-based chef to take part in the BBC’s Great British Menu.

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This month a number of people are taking part in Veganuary, an annual challenge run by a UK non-profit organisation that encourages people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January.

Haworth encourages Londoners taking part to have an open mind and shares one of his recipes so we can all have a go at creating our own plant-based fine dining experience at home.

Kirk Haworth spoke to LondonWorld about his journey into plant based cooking and shared some tips with us for how people should approach Veganuary. Credit: Eris Haung

Herbaceous pancake, pickled beetroot, chickpea aioli & wild rocket salad

Serves 6

Herbaceous pancakes

  • Gf plain Flour x 100g
  • Chickpea flour x 10g
  • Bicarb x 1 tsp
  • Picked Parsley x 10g
  • Rocket x 10g
  • Fine Salt x 2g
  • Olive oil x 1 tbsp
  • Water x 200ml


To start add all the ingredients into a thermo mix jug and blitz until green and smooth, approx 2 minutes. 

Pour into a medium sized mixing bowl and add a small ladle.

Put a small non-stick frying pan on a high heat, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pan with sunflower oil, add one full ladle to the hot pan and cook for around 1 - 2 minute. 

Using a flexible spatula from the outside of the pancake, work your way around and gently flip onto the other side. Cook for another 1 - 2 minutes turning down the heat by half. 

Take the pancake out of the pan gently onto a tray lined with parchment paper.

Allow to cool then using the largest sized cutter, cut out a nice clean circle.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container lined with parchment paper. 

Herbaceous pancake, pickled beetroot, chickpea aioli & wild rocket salad. Credit: Eris Haung

Baked & pickled beetroot

Serves 6

  • Large beetroot x 3
  • Olive oil x 1 tbsp
  • Fresh thyme x 2 sprigs
  • Salt x 1 pinch
  • Apple cider vinegar x 100 ml
  • Salt x pinch to taste once serving


Preheat the oven to 190C. Or alternatively use barbecue. 

Cut out a square of parchment paper & tin foil - 25cm by 25cm.

Place two of the beetroots in the centre of the parchment paper with the tin foil underneath. 

Add the oil, thyme & a pinch of salt to the beetroot and wrap tight in the foil.

Put in the oven and roast for around 1 hr, take out of the oven and with a small knife the pierce the beetroot to check it is tender and with ease the knife should go through the beetroot.

Allow to cool at room temperature for around one hour.

Using gloves peel the beetroot skin off with your hands, this should peel easily whilst the beetroot is still warm. (do not put in fridge until skin is peeled) 

Using your hands naturally break the beetroot into random sized chunks around 2cm by 2cm.

Using a mandolin or a sharp knife cut thin pieces of the beetroot then finely julienne them.

Dress with apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.

Fennel & rocket salad

Serves 6

  • Fennel x 1 head
  • Lemon x 1 juiced
  • Olive oil x 1 tbsp
  • Rocket x 100g
  • Salt to taste


Shave the fennel very thin on a mandolin.

Add to ice water.

To order drain the water, put the fennel on a tray with a dry cloth, add to a mixing bowl & dress.

Last minute fold in the rocket. 

Chickpea Mayo

Serves 6

  • Chickpea liquid x 80ml
  • Sunflower oil x 100ml
  • Olive oil x 60ml
  • Roast garlic x 1 clove pureed
  • Lemon juice x 1 tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar x 1 tsp


Place the chickpea water in a kitchen aid bowl, add the xantham & garlic.

Start to whip up using the whisk until it starts to come to a soft peak then slowly start adding both oils as you would a mayonnaise. 

Once all oil is added slowly and it is mayonnaise like texture, firm but light, add all of the second part of the recipe mix with a pinch of salt, taste, check then store in squeezy bottle. 

Wash the chickpeas and dry at 46 degrees overnight and store in an air tight container.  

To plate

Place one pancake in the centre of the plate.

Add one tbsp of chickpea aioli in the centre of the pancake.

Place another pancake directly on top.

Start to build with dressed pieces of beetroot to cover the surface area of the pancake.

Add 6 - 1 cm by 1cm pieces of mozzarella evenly across the beetroot & pancake.

Add one tbsp of chickpea aioli.

Add a tbsp size of fennel salad on top.

Garnish the top with a handful of dressed rocket.

Drizzle olive oil on the top & around the dish to finish. 

For more information on Plates you can visit its website.