I really like snacks. When I have the urge to nibble on something crispy and crunchy, I will make my homemade roasted peanuts or roasted cashews to satisfy my craving. I definitely prefer to graze throughout the day rather than having three large meals. I’m always on the look-out of a snack that is great tasting, but also is somewhat healthy. Today I am sharing recipe of a healthy yet addictive snack “Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas”. These tasty (no-allergy!) nut alternatives are great to have out around the holidays. Give them to the kids in rolled-up paper cones (see picture).If you haven’t tried roasted chickpeas, you are missing out. They are easy to make and one of my favorite snacks. These are loaded with fiber, zinc, foliate and protein. You can use any spices you like or adjust the spice to your taste. The possibilities are endless. Best eaten warm but can be stored in an air-tight container. Believe me make extra this amazing snack will be gone fast.
Chickpeas, rinsed and soaked overnight
Water for boiling
Clearified butter (Ghee) or olive oil
¼ tsp Red Chili powder
½ tsp Freshly ground Coriander (Dhania) powder
Salt to taste
Pinch of Asefeda (Hing)
¼ tsp Black pepper (Kali Mirch)
Pinch of Tumeric (Haldi)
Green mango powder (Amchoor Powder)
½ tsp Dry roasted, ground Cumin (Jeera)
- Cook the chickpeas in a plenty of water for half an hour or longer until they are soft but not broken
- Rinse and let them air dry for a couple of minutes
- Place them in a bowl
- Mix with ghee or olive oil until properly coated
- Add hing, black pepper, turmeric, red chilli, ground coriander and salt
- Mix well until evenly coated
- Place on a baking tray
- Roast on a single layer in an oven 400⁰F mixing every 15 minutes until they are dried up, golden and crunchy. It takes from 40 minutes to an hour, depending how dry you want them to be.
- Remove and add cumin powder and amchoor powder while it is hot.
- You can eat as is but I Like to eat this with chopped onion, chopped cilantro leaves chopped tomatoes and dash of lime juice.
Nutritional facts : Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, protein and foliate. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with diabetes. Chickpea can assist in lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream.Variations
- They are great in kids lunch boxes. A peanut-free way to enjoy a healthy snack, safe for “nut-free” zones.
- Toss some on you oatbowl instead of nuts….or with them.
- What’s your favorite way to use chickpeas ?