Pane e Panelle

Panelle are to Sicilians what French fries are to French people. Panelle are Sicilian fritters made out of chickpea flour. They are a typical street food found in Palermo, but they are of Arabic origin, like many other Sicilian dishes, and they have a lot in common with other chickpea-based dishes like farinata, falafel and pakoras.

They are best eaten hot, when they are crunchy and tender at the same time. You can either enjoy them on a sandwich or without, most restaurants serve them in a basket as an appetizer.

Tlhey are delicious and simple to make!


Cooking time:

  • Total: 1 hr 45 min(includes cooling time)

  • Active: 45 min

Yields 6 to 8 appetizer servings


  • Olive oil, for greasing sheet tray

  • 2 cups chickpea flour

  • Kosher salt