I just love chickpeas. Or is it garbanzo beans? Well, I love them either way. Sometimes, when I’m in a rush, I just empty a can of them into a bowl, add some of my favorite dressing and any herbs I can find and it’s a meal. They are so versatile. I’ve noticed that people are finding yet another great way to make them at home by turning them into a crispy snack. This spicy Moroccan style by Nika really caught my eye. Spicy, crispy, Moroccan chickpea-garbanzo beans? I’m sold.
You begin by combining all of these wonderful and aromatic spices into a bowl. The fresh ginger is particularly wonderful in the way it smells. Close your eyes for a moment, inhale, and imagine yourself in the spice stalls of Morocco …
Okay, open your eyes. In a separate bowl you’ll need a can of chickpeas.
You’ll also need a bit of olive oil to help you coat the mixture onto the beans thoroughly.
Give your spices a mix.
It looks a bit like a work of art, all of that color.
Pour the olive oil into the chickpeas and toss with a spoon.
Add the spice mixture and stir it well.
As you mix, the ingredients will go from dry to a spicy syrup and begin to coat the chickpeas evenly.
When they look well-coated, pour them all into a baking dish.
Spread them evenly with a spoon, and pop them into the oven.
When they are ready, they will be golden brown with a vaguely soft inside, which should dry out and become crisp as they cool. If that doesn’t happen, you can pop them back in for a bit longer. I found that mine needed about 45 minutes total rather than 30. I also would suggest cutting the salt amount in half. You can always add more later, when they’re done.
They’re quite a delicious snack to have sitting at your fingertips. You could also try other favorite beans. I had toasted black-eyed peas not long ago and they were great as well.
Here are some other wonderful roasted chickpea recipes from TK members:
- Roasted Curry Chickpeas by With Style and Grace
- Roasted Chickpeas by The Healthy Housewife
- Roasted Garbanzo Beans by The Culinary Chronicles
- Roasted Garbanzos by MissAmy
This is a delicious and healthy alternative to the usual “I’m watching (insert favourite show) and need a really tasty snack.” It can be made with a combination of your favourite herbs and spices. This recipe is just one example.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Toss the chickpeas in oil, then put them into a bowl. Combine all the spices in a separate little bowl for your spice blend. Give it a good mix, then sprinkle over the chickpeas, and toss to coat evenly.
Put the chickpeas onto a baking sheet and into the oven for about 30 minutes. About halfway through, give them a bit of a shake. At the end of the 30 minutes, taste! If they are still soft, back in they go! You want them to have just a little bit of a soft center. When they cool, they will crisp up more.
- 1 can (15 Oz. Can) Chickpeas
- ¼ cups Olive Oil
- ½ teaspoons Curry Powder
- ½ teaspoons Allspice
- ½ teaspoons Ground Cloves
- ½ teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional... If You Have It In Your Spice Rack, Use It!)
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoons Cayenne Powder (or More... If You Are The Spicy Type!)
- 2 teaspoons Fresh Grated Ginger
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
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