"U pani chi panelli" in Sicilian dialect
Fried chickpea patty eaten sandwich-style. Squeeze on some lemon juice and eat--absolutely delicious!
An original food from Sicily that has Arabic roots…
Sometimes it's eaten with crocchette di patate, otherwise known as Le Crocche' or Cazzilli which are potato fritters or croquettes which I'll be talking about in a later post…back to Panelle…
A quick recipe for Panelle:
Made with about 1 cup of chickpea (ceci) flour, 2-3 cups of water, salt and pepper to taste, some parsley and olive oil to fry.
In a pot, mix the flour and add the water slowly while mixing in order to get a thick, porridge-like consistency.
Add your salt, pepper and parsley while continuing to mix
Cooking for about 5 minutes or until thick, like porridge
While hot, and now at a thicker consistency, spread it onto a non-stick surface and shape into a long rectangular shape--it should be about 1/2 inches thick
Let it cool a bit and then cut into squares
Fry the squares in a large skillet with about a 1/2 inch of hot oil
Fry each side about 2 minutes or so and use a spatula to lift out of the skillet onto a plate with a paper towel on it in order to soak up the oil--viola, Panelle done!
Serve on fresh Italian bread, squeeze some lemon juice on the Panelle and presto, Pani chi Panelli!
Video taken in Friggitoria da Tony in Bagheria, Sicily
A Friggitoria is a food establishment that sells local foods, generally fried foods.
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Music: Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com
Another little spot for Panelle in Bagheria that's been around since the 1950's