Roasted chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas

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Chickpeas are nutrient-dense legumes commonly consumed in the northern regions of India. If you have a can of chickpeas sitting in your cupboard, make a great tasting, crispy snack out of them. Just roast in the oven, and chickpeas transform into a crispy, salty, savory, easy to eat by the handful, nutritious snack. Seems to be very addictive. Eat them instead of nuts and boost your fiber, protein and complex carbs intake. Very satisfying indeed! Try it out with this simple recipe.





Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
2 People 5 Minutes  30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas (15 ounces)
  • 2 tbsp (tablespoons) olive oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp (teaspoon) salt
  • 2 to 4 tsp spices put together like chili powder, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme

Method

Step 1

Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven.

Step 2

Heat the oven to 400°F.

Step 3

Open the cans of chickpeas.

Step 4

Pour the chickpeas into a strainer in the sink.

Step 5

Rinse thoroughly under running water.

Step 6

With a clean dishtowel or paper towels, pat the chickpeas till dry.

Step 7

Spread the chickpeas out in an even layer on the baking sheet.

Step 8

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Step 9

Stir with a spatula or your hands to evenly coat the chickpeas.

Step 10

Shake the pan or stir the chickpeas every 10 minutes. A few chickpeas may pop – that’s normal.

Step 11

Test for doneness- the chickpeas will be golden, dry and crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle.

Step 12

Sprinkle the spices and herbs over the chickpeas.

Step 13

Stir to coat evenly.

Step 14

Serve while the chickpeas are still warm and crispy, else on cooling, they will lose their crispiness.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 1/4 cup (57 g)

Calories 125 Calories from Fat 45
Total Fat 5g 7% Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 25mg 1%
Carbohydrates 34g 11% Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 4g Protein 11g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6% Iron 10%

*Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Tip

  • You can use chickpeas cooked with salt instead of the canned ones to make this recipe.
  • Besides eating these chickpeas as a snack, you can toss them with salads or sprinkle over soup in place of croutons.