Chickpeas with Fennel

Ciciri che ‘finuocci

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

The feathery leaves of the fennel bulbs, which are easily available in all supermarkets, are fine, although fresh dill is probably closer to the “wild fennel” available in Sicily.


  • 2 fennel bulbs or 2 generous bunches fresh dill
  • 1 cup dried chickpe


Cut the leaves off the fennel and reserve the bulbs for salad. Discard the very tough leaves, wash, drain, and chop the leaves, and set aside until ready to cook. If using dried soaked chickpeas, drain, rinse, and drain again before placing them in a pot. Cover the chickpeas with 2 quarts of cold water. Place the pot on the stove, bring to the boil, then lower the heat to a simmer, cover the po