Panelle chickpea flour: Sicilian original recipe

The panelle chickpea flour: Sicilian original recipe. These fritters made with chickpea flour represent, along with arancine SICILIANE and sfincione PALERMO,  Palermo street food par excellence. It is delicious, rich, just made pancakes with creamy chickpea flour, water, Salt, parsley and pepper. If you find it, you can replace the parsley with the wild fennel. And then, are completely vegan and gluten-free, perfect for feeding celiac or gluten intolerant. Like many RECIPES WITH CHICKPEAS.

It is really simple to make, try: on my You Tube Channel you will also find the VIDEO RECIPE step of panelle chickpea, with some tricks to prepare them to perfection and, If you like, you can subscribe to receive email all my video recipes

In Sicily, the fritters of chickpea flour are eaten regularly in a soft bun and covered with sesame seeds, or simply with a little hot’ salt and lemon juice. Of course the best thing is to eat the fritters Palermo walking through the streets of the market Ballarò, as I suggest in my journey to discover the Arab-Norman Palermo But if you can not go there in time for dinner, then touches you prepare at home, perhaps along with some of my other SICILIAN RECIPES. Have a good day!

Panelle CHICKPEAS Palermo (doses for about 40 Panelle)

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  • 500 grams of flour
  • 1,5 liters of water
  • chopped parsley or wild fennel, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • peanut oil for frying, to taste


Bread and panelle

Before preparing the palermitan chickpea panels, look carefully at my VIDEO RECIPE where I explain all the tricks for perfect panels. Put the chickpea flour in a large saucepan and slowly add the cold water, beating well and fast with a whip, so as not to form lumps.

When flour and water are mixed forming a cream, add salt and bring to the boil over low heat: the mixture will have to cook for at least 30 minutes. You should always mix and on the bottom, as for the polenta, because otherwise the mixture tends to attack. As it begins to come away from the sides of the pot, will be ready.

The chickpea fritters from Palermo

Add the pepper and chopped parsley (or chopped wild fennel). If necessary, season with salt. Spread the mixture for chickpea fritters on kitchen counter lined with parchment paper and, using a spatula, bring it to a height of 3-5 mm at most. Allow to cool completely.

Once the mixture has cooled, cut Panelle chickpea into rectangles of about 5 centimeters by 6. Fry the fritters Palermo in abundant seed oil. Serve hot, with some piece of lemon. Bon appétit!

THE PAIRING: For a classic Sicilian street food like the panelle, We suggest a fine pairing: the Prior, a winery in Valdobbiadene prosecco superiore Docg Banda. Is’ a prosecco Brut with hints of fruits like Green apples and citrus fruits, ideal for the aperitif and perfect with fried fish and the soft creamy chickpea flour.

Sicilian street food: the panelle

Sicilian street food: the panelle

Panelle chickpea flour: Sicilian original recipe
Panelle chickpea flour: Sicilian original recipe

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Amber June 26, 2016 at 21:32

Hello. Thanks for the recipe. I have a problem with the color. My yellow is not beautiful. I get grigette !!! Because ???

Ada Parisi June 27, 2016 at 22:35

Hi Amber! But how can you be grey? If you use chickpea flour and follow the proceedings must necessarily come gislle….

Silvana April 12, 2015 at 17:01

Al fin pude encontrar la receta…. Los Hart is…. Are calabresa from Buenos Aires. I came to Argentina when he was one year old. The mother of a friend was doing these things beautiful. She had meatballs Basil. I have read but no there and has. Excuse my Italian…. Thank you and congratulations…I'll go to Rome because I have relatives. My daughter will go next month…. Snif Snif…. That loves

Sicilians creative in the kitchen April 15, 2015 at 17:21

Hi Silvana! What a pleasure to meet you! I'm glad you like my recipes! The panelle are traditionally with parsley, but I don't see why not try in season, even Basil! Your Italian is great. I wish you a good trip, Rome is beautiful at this time. See you soon, ADA

Hedwig February 16, 2015 at 18:38

I have just 1 kg of flour to be disposed of. I made the gruel, the sticks in the oven, the dumplings, the crepes I miss the panelle now I copy.
Thanks Sandi

Sicilians creative in the kitchen February 17, 2015 at 10:35

You can't do the panelle! Are a must of the Sicilian street food! Let me know dear!

Sissi February 10, 2013 at 22:56

Hi Ada are Sissi, If you like from me, is there a prize for your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Simply Cooking February 10, 2013 at 17:15

I seem to be ideal as a snack for happy hour, I try to make them and I'll tell you.
I give a lot more for frying just to enjoy an aperitif, that chocolate ;-).
a big kiss!

fratelli_ai_fornelli February 10, 2013 at 17:22

Test test, Maybe if I drink half the doses that otherwise nothing but dinner after!!!Hugs

conunpocodizucchero.it February 10, 2013 at 15:43

Ohhhh I love bread panelle and crocchè!!!!

fratelli_ai_fornelli February 10, 2013 at 16:22

Carbohydrate freak like me? Kisses


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