Panelle are traditional Sicilian fritters made from chickpea flour (gram or garbanzo bean flour). They are typically fried until crispy and golden brown, resulting in a delicious snack or appetizer.

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The “panelle” is the typical Sicilian Street Food. The panino with panelle is a snack that you can find only in Palermo.

The panelle dates back to Arab rule in Sicily, although some say they date back to the Roman Empire era. They were cooked on stone, and only in the late Middle Ages did we begin to fry them.

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Panelle Recipes – Sicilian Street Food

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Panelle are traditional Sicilian fritters made from chickpea flour (gram or garbanzo bean flour). They are typically fried until crispy and golden brown, resulting in a delicious snack or appetizer. Here's a recipe to make panelle at home:

Ingredients

Instructions

    • Put the chickpea flour in a large bowl and slowly add the water, beating well and quickly with a whisk so as not to form lumps, and instead, create an aqueous mixture.
    • Add pepper and mix.
    • Pour the mixture into a pot, add the salt, and cook over medium heat, beating it quickly with a whisk.
    • After 3-5 minutes of cooking, add the parsley and continue to mix.
    • As soon as the mixture becomes thicker, replace the whisk with a wooden spoon, always mixing it so it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
    • At the first boil of the mixture, turn off the heat and pour it on a marble surface with a spatula; spread the mixture, bringing it to a height of 3-5 mm at most.
    • Allow cooling completely.
    • Once the mixture has cooled, cut the Panelle chickpea into rectangles of about 5 (2 inches) centimeters by 7 (~3 inches).
    • Fry the panelle in abundant peanut oil.
    • Serve hot, with some lemon slices.     

Note

If you do not have a marble table, pour the mixture on the baking sheet, cover it with another sheet of paper, and flatten it with a rolling pin into a thin layer.

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