Portuguese Sides/ Snacks/ Soups, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Pataniscas sem ‘lhau’

Pataniscas is something you can find in most ‘snack bars’ in Portugal. It goes well with a beer or a glass of wine, preferably the really cheap one 🙂 This vegan version is so nice, with a sea hint from the nori weed, is hard not to have a few of them! It works well without the nori too, so don’t worry if you don’t have any. Enjoy!

Time: 15 min approx.

Type: starter/ snack

Difficulty: 1 pan

Serves: about 20 pataniscas, so 4 people (or 1 if you’re greedy :P)

What you need


1 cup chickpea flour

1 cup water (plus water to boil the leek)

1 leek, cut into thin circles

1 handful of chopped parsley

½ tsp pepper and black salt (or normal)

1 shredded nori sheet

½ tsp turmeric

Olive oil to fry


Frying pan


One small pan (to boil the leek)



Chopping board


Kitchen towels (to soak the oil in excess)


Chop the leek into thin circles (discard the green ends) and bring it to a boil with a little water (discard the water when finished);

Blend the nori sheet in high speed and add the water and chickpea flour- blend again for a few seconds until all is mixed;

Pour the mix into a bowl and add the leek, parsley, turmeric, salt and pepper;

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and once hot, pour spoonful of the mixture, one at a time (depending on how large your pan is, I manage to have 5 or 6 each time);

Cook for about 2 minutes on each side and once cooked, remove and place it on kitchen towels to absorb the oil in excess;

You can serve it hot or cold, it is delicious either way!


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