My 121st recipe, "Roasted Chickpea", a simple and healthy snack. This recipe was inspired by the "Uppu Kadalai", I had tasted in Chennai. It is a very famous snack there in South India and it is basically dry pan roasted black chana dal. When I told RK that I wanted to try making it today, he said it was one of my MIL and brother-in-law's favorite, however he doesn't like it because of the thick black cover of the chana dal. So I decided to make it today, substituting the black chickpea with the white one instead. Also to simplify the process I wanted to oven roast it rather than keep standing near the stove and pan roasting it. Though this is a very simple recipe, it is extremely healthy, especially for kids due to the high protein content. It is also perfectly customizable and you should be able to throw in flavors you love. RK loved this version of roasted chickpea and it served as an excellent evening snack. However, it was extremely difficult for me to photograph it. I could not stop myself from popping one or two of these crispy chickpeas while photographing 🙂
- Dry Chickpea - 1 Cup
- Water - as needed
- Olive Oil - 1 tsp
- Garlic Salt or Sea Salt - a small pinch
- Cumin Powder - a small pinch
- Ground black pepper - a large pinch
- Wash and soak the dry chickpea in sufficient water for atleast 6 hours. I soaked it overnight.
- Drain the water from the chickpea and transfer the chickpea to a paper napkin. Use another paper napkin or kitchen cloth and pat the chickpea completely dry.
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Transfer the chickpea to a baking sheet. Add the oil, salt, cumin powder, black pepper and use your fingers to toss the chickpeas until all the ingredients are completely covered over the chickpeas.
- Bake for 15 mins. Then pull the sheet out of the oven, toss the chickpeas once and bake for a further 10 - 15 mins until the chickpeas are nicely roasted and crispy. Let the chickpeas come to room temperature.
- Enjoy a crispy crunchy chickpea.
Notes | FAQ
- Make sure to completely pat dry the chickpeas before roasting.
- You can also use a little pinch of dry red chilli powder or grated Parmesan cheese to flavor the chickpeas.
- Adjust roasting time based on your oven settings.