Ceci fritte

Ok, così nel mio ultimo post di cui parlavo il caldo primaverile e come era ora di mangiare un sacco di insalate. Pochi giorni più tardi e fa freddo e ventoso fuori. Ecco marzo per voi – imprevedibile.

Quindi, ora che ci si sente troppo freddo per mangiare l'insalata, I’ve been cooking chilis and stews and craving favorite comfort foods. One favorite I have been thinking about is chickpea fries. I first had them at Peacefood Cafe a New York. Infatti, I wrote about them in my recensione of Peacefood Cafe 2 anni fa. I wrote then “The famous chickpea fries got their reputation for a reason. They are large, croccante, spicy and addictive. They come with a creamy house dipping sauce. This is definitely one of those appetizers where you start negotiations over who gets the last one.”

Chickpea Fries were definitely on my to-do list of favorite appetizers I had to make for myself and I did. They are incredibly fast and easy to make. It’s just like making Polenta Fries except I pan-fried these instead of baking them. My Chickpea Fries are large, croccante, spicy and addictive. I served them with a creamy dipping sauce. And I’ll let you guess who got the last one. Godere!

Ceci fritte

2 tazze d'acqua
1 tazza di farina di ceci
2 Tbs. olio di cartamo, diviso
1 cucchiaino. Sale kosher
½ cucchiaino. pepe nero
½ cucchiaino. aglio in polvere
½ cucchiaino. paprika
½ cucchiaino. origano
1/4 cucchiaino. pepe di Caienna
Oil or cooking spray for pan


Bring the water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Add the chickpea flour slowly and stir until smooth. Aggiungi 1 Tbs. oil and spices and mix for another minute or two until it is thickened. Togliere dal fuoco. Oil a small baking dish or casserole pan. Spread the chickpea batter into the pan evenly, smoothing the top with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight until it is firm and solid.

Remove from the refrigerator. Loosen the edges with a butter knife or thin spatula. Turn the dish over while keeping one hand on the chickpea block and carefully let the block land on a cutting board. Cut the block into fries. You should get at least 16 fries depending on the size you cut them.

Heat the remaining oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cook the chickpea fries until they are browned and crispy on both sides, circa 5 minuti per lato. Transfer to a paper-towel lined dish or cooling rack and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Serve with your favorite dip.

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16 Le risposte alla Ceci fritte

  1. Jena Marzo 9, 2014 a 2:02 pm #

    Hi Rhea! My best friend and I were just at Peacefood Cafe yeaterday and had the chickpea fries! Una delizia! So happy to have found your recipe! Tuttavia, we didn’t see your recipe for the dipping sauce…do you have one? Grazie!

    • Rhea Marzo 11, 2014 a 3:52 pm #

      Hi Jena, I usually make a quick ranch or spicy ranch dressing. Mix vegan mayo and sour cream with garlic powder, aneto, black pepper and fresh chives. Add hot sauce if you want it spicy. Horseradish-Dill Mayo is also good – that just takes mayo, horseradish, aneto, salsa calda, salt and pepper and scallions. Sometimes just mayo with Worcestershire sauce and garlic is a simple one.

  2. Anonimo Luglio 25, 2013 a 9:31 su #

    I’ll try it out this weekend. Looks like the perfect vegan appetizer.

  3. Denise Aprile 17, 2012 a 2:56 su #


  4. Rhea Parsons Aprile 12, 2012 a 10:07 su #

    Grazie a tutti. The dipping sauce we did was a simple vegan mayo with chile powder and garlic.

  5. Denise Aprile 12, 2012 a 6:47 su #

    Questi sembrano grandi! What is the dipping sauce, per favore?

  6. Justine Aprile 7, 2012 a 8:46 su #

    These are slammin! Just made them tonite and we loved them! Can’t wait to experiment w/ different herbs and spices. Grazie per la condivisione!

  7. Christina Aprile 4, 2012 a 7:34 su #

    Yay! This is the perfect treat for a job well done on a hard exam. I’m excited to make it!

  8. Veggie Viola meridionale Marzo 29, 2012 a 3:10 pm #

    This sounds so delicious , now I just need to go get chickpea flour.

  9. KimraDiggs Marzo 28, 2012 a 7:49 su #

    i didn’t do a very good job of keeping to look like fries like yours. mine look like patties. haha. hubby loves them though. it’s a little too spicy for me, so i’m gonna make another batch but without the cayenne pepper. i forgot i shouldnt be eating spicy things cuz i’m still nursing. it’s just the right amount of spicy for my hubby though. thanx! and to the commentor above, yes chickpeas are really healthy for you!

  10. Rhea Parsons Marzo 28, 2012 a 4:38 su #

    Candace, yes chickpeas are very good for you. They are a source of protein and calcium!

    Thanks Mia and Barb!

  11. Barb @ ThatWasVegan Marzo 27, 2012 a 11:12 pm #

    These look fun AND delicious! I’ll have to try them the next time I’m making an appetizer.

  12. Candace ARG Marzo 27, 2012 a 11:52 su #

    Look really good! Is “cece” good for you?

  13. Mia Marzo 27, 2012 a 9:04 su #

    I wrote this one down! Non vedo l'ora di provarlo!

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