Panisses (Chickpea Fries)

By Summer of Eggplant
April 1, 2014
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Author Notes: It took close to 38 years before I had a panisse but when I did - I was wondering where they had been all my life. Addicted in no time. Although a seemingly easy recipe it took me many, many tries to get them right (not disastrous) at home. Anyhow, this is what I came up with based on researching many other recipes and lots of trial and error.Summer of Eggplant

Serves: 4

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • salt
  • 1 cup +/- additional olive oil for frying
  1. Put the stock and water and the teaspoon of olive oil in a pot and heat until shimmering, not boiling, whisk in the chickpea flour and the salt. Continue to whisk or stir while it cooks for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the parsley and pour in to a greased small rectangular dish, mine is 5"x7". Cool to room temperature and move to the fridge for at least 6 hours. I usually do this step the day before I want to serve them.
  3. Turn the molded dough out on to a paper towel and blot any condensation. The top layer will be lumpy, slice it off and slice the remainder in to fries.
  4. Heat about a 1/2” of oil in a wide pan. Fry the fries for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve immediately.

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