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Panelle : Italian chick pea fritters originating from Sicily. | ethnicspoon.com
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Panelle - Sicilian Fried Chickpea Fritters Recipe

Panelle is a popular street food in Palermo Sicily made with chickpea flour and fried like a fritter. These are often served simply wrapped in paper or between sliced bread or a roll like a sandwich. When I make them at home I like to top mine with a some Parmesan cheese. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword authentic, chickpea flour, fried food, fritter, gluten free, Sicily, street food
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 10 servings
Calories 93 kcal


  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp curly parsley fresh, chopped, optional
  • Oil for frying
  • Fresh grated Parmigiano Regiano


Prepare the dough:

  1. Lightly grease one 9" loaf pan.
  2. Place a 2 qt.sauce pan over medium heat and add the salt. When the water starts to get warm, slowly add the chickpea flour, stirring constantly and scraping the sides.

  3. Continue stirring until all the flour has been incorporated into the water. Add the pepper and stir in. The dough will be somewhat sticky.

  4. Place the dough into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with a spatula by running it across the top of the dough( lengthwise).

  5. Refrigerate until cool (about 2 hours).

Frying the panelle:

  1. Remove from fridge and invert onto a cutting board. With a chef's knife slowly cut the panelle dough into thin (¼") slices.
  2. Fry in 350° F oil for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmigiano Regiano and chopped parsley (if desired).

Nutrition Facts
Panelle - Sicilian Fried Chickpea Fritters Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.