These crispy Indian chickpeas are a delicious, healthy and easy snack – perfect for watching a movie or studying! You can also add them to salads for some extra spice and crunch.
Essentially, these are simple roasted chickpeas coated with Indian spices. However, I really don’t recommend letting anyone know that they’re so easy to make! We’ve made them a few times now – one of which was actually for my sister to give to a friend as a birthday present!
There are a couple of tricks that you need to remember in order to get your chickpeas nice and crispy:
- when it says to dry them, dry them! It’s a little fiddly, but they turn out so much better that way!
- make sure that you use a big enough tray for them to be spaced out as they roast. If they’re too close together then the air won’t be able to circulate around them all properly.
- don’t use any oil for the first 30 minutes of roasting! You don’t need it – add the oil with the spices once they’ve already started to crisp up.
- shake the tin to move them around every 10 minutes. This helps to make sure that the chickpeas cook evenly, making them crispy all over.
I promise you that if you follow these little tricks then you’ll have crispy chickpeas. It’s always worked for us and we roast chickpeas pretty regularly!
The first time I tested this recipe, the Indian spice mix smelt so sweet that everyone who entered the house asked me what I was cooking – and this was before I even coated the chickpeas in it! I wasn’t actually sure if it smelled too sweet – it almost reminded me slightly of gingerbread! However, after a taste test, it was pretty easy to put that concern to bed. They were so good – we couldn’t stop eating them!
You don’t just have to snack on these Indian chickpeas either – they’re so versatile!
- use them to top simple salads like this one for some extra crunch and spice
- use them instead of croutons to garnish soups (particularly any tomato or bell pepper-based soups like this one!)
- mix them with nuts and dried fruit for a spicy Indian snack mix
Crispy Indian Chickpeas
- 1 400g tin chickpeas drained
- 2 tbsp neutral cooking oil
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp curry powder I use medium
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp flaked sea salt or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and dry the chickpeas well, discarding any skins.
- Spread chickpeas in a single layer on the tray and bake for 30 minutes, shaking them every 10 minutes to ensure that they cook evenly. Mix together spices, salt and oil in a bowl.
- Add the chickpeas to the seasonings and stir well to coat them. Pour them back into the tray in an even layer and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden-brown and crispy.
- Serve once cool enough to eat or allow to cool fully and store for up to 5 days in an airtight jar.
If you’re looking for more Indian chickpea recipes then try these:
- 10-minute chickpea and spinach curry
- mutton kofta curry with chickpeas
- chickpea and halloumi curry
- chickpeas in star anise and date masala
Or, if you’re looking for more study snacks then try these:
- Spicy Italian roasted chickpeas
- mini cinnamon roll bites (ok, these are a little less healthy!)
- flapjacks with no refined sugar – just honey!
- single-serving chocolate chip cookie (again, a bit less healthy)
- brownie in a jar (still not so healthy)
Of course, they’re all delicious, but I really do recommend the less healthy ones as your rewards for working hard! After all, sometimes all you need to get your homework done is the bribe of food!
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