Have you ever made Chickpea Fries? Also called Chickpea Panisse, these healthy oven baked fries are vegan, gluten-free, and packed with protein. A street food style recipe that's an amazing appetizer or snack, these chickpea fries are simple to make and delicious.
And now, dear chickpeas, we're turning you into fries?!
We sure are, friends! Today we're making Chickpea Panisse, which is a fancy pants way of saying Chickpea Fries.
I had Panisse for the first time probably 15 years ago at a Mediterranean restaurant in Vancouver. It was a plate of roasted vegetables together with these incredible slabs of chickpea stuff that were crispy like french fries on the outside and velvety smooth on the inside. So delicious!
I spent ages trying to recreate this at home, futilely mashing up can after can of chickpeas and eventually giving up. It never occurred to me then that the secret ingredient was not chickpeas, but chickpea flour.
Apparently the internet didn't exist back then. Praise Al Gore that it does now, because we can all enjoy some crispy delicious chickpea fries!
What's in this chickpea panisse recipe?
Well I already gave away the most important one, so there should be no surprises here. You're going to need some:
- Chickpea flour --> This may also be called besan or gram flour or garbanzo bean flour, depending on where you buy it.
- Water --> The free range stuff from your kitchen tap will do just fine.
- Fresh herbs --> I used parsley and oregano here, but feel free to mix things up.
- Olive oil --> Use your good stuff here, it's going in for flavour.
- Salt and pepper --> Moooooore flavour!
How do you make chickpea panisse?
Making baked chickpea fries at home is really simple. How simple?! Let's break it down.
Step 1: First, you're going to bring a big pot of water to the boil. Sprinkle in your chickpea flour a bit at a time, and whisk vigorously to combine.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and keep whisking for a full ten minutes. Your arm will get tired. It's cool, you're earning your chickpea fries. You're going to keep whisking until the mixture has thickened like polenta, and is pulling away from the sides.
There will probably be some lumps remaining. No biggie, you won't notice them when the panisse is baked.
Step 2: Once your chickpea panisse mixture has thickened, add the fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix well.
Step 3: Scrape the chickpea panisse out of the pot and into a 9x13 rectangular baking dish. Be sure to lube up the baking dish with olive oil beforehand, and don't be shy about it.
Step 4: Use your spatula and / or wet hands to smooth the panisse out into a mostly even layer. Now place the pan into the fridge to chill for at least one hour.
Step 5: Turn the panisse out onto a cutting board. It should come out easily so long as the pan was oiled well.
Step 6: Use a sharp knife to cut the panisse into chickpea fries.
Transfer the chickpea fries to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and brush with olive oil. Then you'll bake them in a pre-heated oven until they're nice and crispy, about 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with sea salt, pour yourself a nice glass of rosé, and enjoy!
Where can I buy chickpea flour?
I found mine right in the regular grocery store, which these days is a goldmine of alternative flour types. If you can't find chickpea flour there, I suggest looking in an Indian or Middle Eastern Market.
Can I make panisse in advance?
You sure can! Mix up the panisse and keep it covered in the fridge for up to one week. When you're ready to make chickpea fries simply remove from the fridge and slice into thick pieces.
You can also bake the chickpea fries and then reheat them by baking them again. I did this with leftover panisse from this photo shoot and they were the crispiest and most delicious chickpea fries I've ever had.
Are chickpea fries vegan?
Level 5 vegan. This is as vegan as it gets, my friends.
Are chickpea fries healthy?
These chickpea fries are baked in the oven, so they're healthy AF! I don't have an Air Fryer (yet!) but I'm willing to bet they'd turn out great using one of those as well.
Chickpeas contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is 50% of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber. About two-thirds of the fiber in chickpeas is insoluble, which is great for digestive health, particularly in the colon.
The remaining third is soluble fiber, which can help lower our LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides; important for cardiovascular health.
The protein-fiber combination in chickpeas is key for stabilizing blood sugar levels, as both protein and fiber move through our digestive systems at a moderate pace. This protein-fiber combination is also beneficial for improving our sense of satiety, which can help prevent over eating.
Chickpeas are notable for antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, but also contain concentrated supplies of antioxidant phytonutrients such as flavonoids and polyphenols. Chickpeas also contain valuable amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
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Chickpea Fries (Chickpea Panisse)
- 6 cups water
- 3 cups chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tbsp parsley finely minced
- 2 tablespoon oregano finely minced
Make the Chickpea Panisse
- Generously butter or oil a 9 x 13 baking sheet and set aside.
- In a large pot, bring the water to the boil over medium-high heat.
- Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the chickpea flour a little bit at a time.
- Continue whisking for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and smooth (I find that a few lumps are unavoidable, but you won't notice them later).
- Stir in the olive oil, herbs, and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the chickpea mixture into the greased baking sheet and spread out into an even layer. Once it has cooled slightly, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
Make the Chickpea Fries
- Pre-heat your oven to 400°F / 200°C (this is a good place for your convection fan, if you've got one).
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Slice the firm batter into sticks for chickpea fries.
- Line them up on the baking sheet, and brush with a bit of olive oil.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then turn to the other side, brush again, and replace in the oven to bake for another 10 minutes. They should be slightly golden and crispy on the outside.
- Remove from the oven, salt generously, and serve with dip and a glass of rosé.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only
This recipe was originally published July 4, 2013. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated June 4, 2019.
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