Panisses

(Chickpea-flour 'Fries')
These chickpea-flour "fries" are a staple of Niçoise cuisine.

Panisses
These chickpea-flour "fries" are a staple of Niçoise cuisine.
Yield: makes About 30

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 2 12 cups chickpea flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Brush six saucers with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Pour chickpea flour in a steady stream into 4 cups cold salted water in a large, heavy saucepan, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps. Cook over medium heat, whisking vigorously, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, still whisking, and pour batter into saucers. Fill the saucers up to the rims, about 1⁄2" thick. Cool at least 30 minutes, then gently slide batter off saucers and cut into "steak-fry" shapes, about 3⁄4" x 3" long.
  4. Heat 1" vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. Fry in batches without crowding, turning often, until golden brown, about 5–7 minutes. Drain, season with salt and pepper.