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Fried Chickpea Flour Sticks | Gluten free * Vegan

fried chickpea flour sticks

Call them fried chickpea flour sticks or simply chickpea fries, these are the perfect gluten free vegan appetizer to go with your aperitif!

Today I want to share with you the fried chickpea flour sticks, one of our traditional recipes, more precisely it is typical of the region I am from, Liguria, a beautiful stripe of land between low mountains and the Riviera, in the north west of Italy.
The local name for this recipe is actually “panissa”, a genoese (dialect of the town of Genoa) term to describe a batter made with simple and unexpensive ingredients like chickpea flour, water, salt and pepper that once cold and solid can be either fried or eaten just like that.

The idea for this post actually came during the holidays, while D. and I were visiting family. One day we all had lunch at a small and cozy restaurant on the Riviera and they brought an appetizer while we were waiting for our orders to arrive.

D. was curious to know what those fried cubes were made of, so I asked the staff if that was indeed “fried panissa” and most of all if that was gluten free and dairy free. The answer was absolutely yes, so D. tasted one little cube, then dove into them, happy like a kid with candies,  but with his allergen-free appetizer! He had never had “panissa” before, so I thought I definitely needed to make it at home too and cook a little piece of happiness for him 😉

So here I am, sharing some fried happiness with you too:

  • start by thouroughly mixing the water with the chickpea flour, salt & pepper, until it’s a smooth mix with no clumps
  • put the mix in a sauce pan on low heat and keep stirring for 10-15 minutes, or until the batter gets firmer and clumps start to form
  • now pour the batter in a pan and spread it out, at least one inch thick or more
  • let it cool down for a while then into the fridge for at least an hour
  • when an hour has passed, pour at least 3 inches of seed oil in a small, tall sauce pan, and while it’s heating up (to know it’s ready insert a toothpick, if the oil makes tiny bubbles, it’s time to fry) cut the “panissa” into potato wedges-like sticks and fry them 4-5 at a time, until they get golden
  • lay them on kitchen paper to remove the oil in excess, add a pinch of salt, paper or other spices if you want and serve them still warm and crispy 😉

Trust me, you will love these chickpea fries and once you’ve tried them, you will want to make a double batch and offer it as an appetizer before a dinner with friends and family. It will be a hit!

If you make this recipe or have questions, leave me a comment down here!
And don’t  forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this or any of my recipes! I absolutely LOVE to see what you make and share it in my stories!

Ciao!
Sonia

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Vegan Gluten free Aperitif Appetizer

Chickpea Fries {traditional Italian recipe} | Gluten free * Vegan

Call them fried chickpea flour sticks or simply chickpea fries, these are the perfect gluten free vegan appetizer to go with your aperitif!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling down + Refrigerating45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: appetizer, chickpea fries, chickpea sticks, dairy free, egg free, fried chickpeas, gluten free, vegan
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 150 gr / 5.2 oz gluten free chickpea flour
  • 500 gr /17.6 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • seed oil for frying

Instructions

  • Thouroughly mix the water with the chickpea flour, salt & pepper, until it’s a smooth batter with no clumps
  • Pour the mix in a non-stick sauce pan on low heat and keep stirring for 10-15 minutes, or until the batter gets firmer and small clumps start to form
  • Now pour the batter in a pan or casserole and spread it out, into a one inch thick or more
  • Let it cool down for a while then into the fridge for at least an hour
  • Once the batter is completely cooled and solidified, pour at least 3 inches of seed oil in a small, deep sauce pan, and while it’s heating up (to know it’s ready insert a toothpick, if the oil makes tiny bubbles, it’s time to fry) cut the solidified batter into half inch wide sticks and fry them 4-5 at a time, until they get golden
  • Lay them on kitchen paper to remove the oil in excess, add a pinch of salt, paper or other spices of your liking and serve still warm and crispy

5 Comments

  • Reply Chiara January 24, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Deve essere buonissima 😘
    Chiara http://www.shesinfashionblog.com

  • Reply SweetSensitiveFree February 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Lo è! Da provare 😉 !

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