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
  • 500 ml vegetable stock or water you can use chicken stock also
  • pinch of himalayan pink sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • rapeseed oil for frying


  • 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.
  • Transfer to a pan and whisk in the stock and lemon juice.
  • Cook through over a medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring all the time.
  • 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.
  • 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.