Panisse are chickpeas fries made from a base of gram flour that I discovered on a recent trip to Corsica. Various herbs and spices can be added to make different flavours. They are simple to make and a healthy alternative to french fries. They are best served hot.
225 gram flour
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon, rind and juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
500ml vegetable stock or water (you can use chicken stock also)
pinch of himalayan pink sea salt
freshly ground pepper
rapeseed oil for frying
1. Place the flour, garlic clove, lemon rind, spices, salt and pepper together in a food processor and blend until fine and all the garlic and lemon rind is no longer visible.
2. Transfer to a pan and whisk in the stock and lemon juice.
3. Cook through over a medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring all the time.
4. Transfer to an oiled dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Do this quite quickly as the mixture begins to set as soon as it starts to cool.
5. Once cooled, slice into rectangles and shallow fry for 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown.
I serve mine with a lemon juice, white miso and tahini dip as a light dish, but they can also be served as a side dish with any main meal.
Instead of the spices, add fresh thyme leaves with the lemon for a more Mediterranean flavour.