This typical recipe from Marseille is actually the result of the whole Mediterranean culinary tradition where chickpeas have always been cultivated and cooked. For many reasons: easy to grow, low needs in water, convenient to store, cheap and on top of this with many nutritional benefits (nourishing, gluten free and rich in protein, iron, B & C vitamin…)… And delicious!
There are many specialties made from chickpea flour in South-France such as Socca at Nice, Cade at Toulon and those Panisses at Marseille. As far as we can remember Panisses have always been sold by dozens in small paper wraps in the streets. Today Panisses can be found ready to be fried at local markets or take-away restaurants but street food to grab remain the best!
This recipe is prepared with few ingredients : chickpeas flour, olive oil, water, salt and pepper. The preparation (I had fun here making triangles but the shape doesn’t matter) is fried in olive oil.
Gluten-free and 100% vegan, you can serve panisses preferably warm or at room temperature in different ways:
- As an appetizer used to dig in all kind of dips or instead of bread for toasts.
- As part of mixed salad, for example 1/ with grilled mediterranean vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper) or 2/ a green salad with red mullet fillets and black olive tapenade (using panisse for toasts).
- As a side with meat or fish.
Panisse South-France Chickpea Flour Savory Pancakes
Those savory pancakes made with chickpea flour (thus gluten free & Vegan) come from Marseille, South-France Provence. Few ingredients and many different dishes possibles Heat water. Add chickpea flour and whisk. Let it stand for 1 to 2 hours. Shape and fry..
Portions: 8 serves