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Chickpea Fritters – Vegan Easy Recipe – 2 Ingredients

Panelle (Chickpea Fritters) is one of the most Iconic Sicilian street food recipes! These chickpeas flour fritters are easy to make, rich and filling (with only 2 ingredients!) and full of possibilities.

Panelle are traditionally fried then served into a sesame roll bread in the street markets in the Sicilian city of Palermo. Born as a food for poor people, this simple chickpea recipe is now a cherished tradition you can enjoy on its own, with a nice side salad, as finger food for a nice vegan dip or, as per tradition, inside a sandwich.

All delicious, easy and affordable italian taste!

picture of glass jar with chickpea flour, some scattered chickps uncooked and some fresh rosemary, ingredients to make chickpea fritters

The Ingredients

  • Chickpea Flour: no substitutions here, you are about to enjoy some vegan fritters after all. What you can do is choose between buying or making your flour at home. If you want to try the homemade, check this post from TheSpruceEats.
  • Rosemary: allegedly the original spice used. But I’ve tried origano, dried onions and garlic, all amazing! If you like and is super aromathic, try it! Thyme will be my next attempt.
  • Salt and Pepper: it actually doesn’t go in the preparation but as I usually don’t eat inside a bread I like to sprinkle some salt and pepper on top when they are still hot.
  • Oil: just to fry. Unfortunatelly it doesn’t work just spraying the pan, but you don’t need to deep fry either. It is just enough to make sure inside is cooked too. Use the lighter one you have, olive oil might be too heavy.

How to Make Vegan Chickpea Fritters

Mix the chickpea flour with the water until it becomes a thick batter, without lumps.

Take the batter, in a saucepan, over medium heat and boil while stirring, always in the same direction. Add the chopped rosemary and keep stirring until the mixture has taken on the consistency of a homogeneous cream.

Pour it in a non-sticky baking tray, smooth it with a spatula until you obtain a layer 0,2 inches high. Let the dough cool, cut into squares and fry on both sides.

The panelle can also be cooked the next day, leave the ready batter in the fridge.

Your easy vegan fritters are nice hot and ready? A few ideas on how to enjoy them. For starts, don’t matter how you pair them, some salt and pepper while the penelle are still warm.

  • As a sandwich filling, as traditional as it gets. The Sicilian way is just the chickpea fritters and the sesame roll, but you can give it some serious upgrade by adding some easy vegan sauce. May I suggest starting with the best Vegan Mayo.
  • Nice leafy salad is too light? These vegan fritters will be the perfect side dish. They are great to go too. You can warm them up in the over the next day.
  • If you put some Caramelized Onions on top they make for some simple yet impressive vegan appetizers.

Hope you try it, get creative and enjoy!

With gratitude,

CarolšŸŒ¶

Chickpea Fritters – Vegan Easy Recipe – 2 Ingredients – Italian Street Food

Recipe by Carol MarsolaCourse: Italian, Lunch, Sides and Basics, SnackCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

20

squares
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Cooling Time

15

minutes

These chickpeas flour fritters are easy to make, rich and filling (with only 2 ingredients!) and full of possibilities.

Ingredients

  • Chickpea Flour 2 cups

  • Water 2 1/2 cups

  • Rosemary dried and chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • Oil to fry

Directions

  • Mix the chickpea flour with the water until it becomes a thick batter, without lumps.
  • Take the batter, in a saucepan, over medium heat and boil while stirring, always in the same direction. Add the chopped rosemary and keep stirring until the mixture has taken on the consistency of a homogeneous mashed potato.
  • Pour it in a non-sticky baking tray, smooth it with a spatula until you obtain a layer 0,2 inches high. Let the dough cool, cut into squares and fry on both sides.

Notes

  • TheĀ panelleĀ can also be cooked the next day, leave the ready batter in the fridge.
  • You can eat it cold the next day or heat in the oven.

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