Crunchy Mediterranean Chickpea Fries
AKA Panelle or Panisse

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Crunchy Mediterranean Chickpea Fries

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Ingredients

2 Cups Chickpea Flour
3-4 Cups water
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Few leaves Thyme
1/2 Tsp Salt
Black Pepper
oil For frying
  • Medium

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Chickpea Fries sound like something you’d expect to find in the middle-east or Asia. In fact, this recipe is from south of France and Italy. In the south of France it’s called Panisse and in Italy it is Panelle. They are more or less the same thing.

This recipe is very easy but you do need to follow the instructions to make it right. First you will have to make the batter. Then to cool it down. Then to cut it into your desired shape and only then to fry it. So yes, it’s probably easier to make french fries but these chickpea fries are so unique. You will want to make them again and again. They look so crunchy in the pictures and I promise that they really are! They also taste as good as they look!

Some Tips for Success:

  1. Cooling down time is very important
  2. Cooling the batter (partly) in the freezer helps to firm them up and cut them easily
  3. Use a wooden spoon when you mix the batter
  4. Like regular fries, these should be served warm or they will loose their crunchiness

 

Want more ideas for using chickpea flour? Try our Spicy Potato Fries recipe! It’s our take on an Indian recipe and it’s basically potato fries covered in spicy chickpea flour.

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Steps

1
Done
1 Hour

Making the Batter

In a pot, heat 3 cups of water. (have an extra cup of hot water set aside to use if needed). When water is simmering start adding the chickpea flour little by little and mix well. Add the olive oil mix well and lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook stirring constantly for around 7-10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper in the end. The batter is ready when it holds its shape very well.
Remove the batter and spread over an oiled baking pan or baking sheet. Add some thyme leaves over it. Let it cool down. Once cool you can even put it in the freezer for half an hour to firm up.

2
Done
10 - 20 Minutes

Frying the Chickpea Fries

Cut the firm butter into the desired shape.
Heat oil for frying in a skillet.
Fry the chickpea batter 2-3 minutes from each side till golden. Remove to a paper towel and spread more salt if needed.
Serve warm!

jaron

jaron

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