Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo Beans or Kabuli Channa) is another great source of Iron. While I generally make PunjabiChole (Curry) or Sundal (steamed snack) or Potato Chickpea Soup with this, of late I have been cooking this in bulk and freezing – it comes handy while adding it to a kootu (gravy) or even making a quick snack or adding it to Tikki. Of course, the best way to enjoy this is to make a batch of Hummus or Falafels and enjoy it with Pita or Crackers. But that one – another day !
Till then enjoy this oven roasted chickpeas – it’s a great snack for kids, as well as to quell those 4 pm hunger cravings. What’s more – its homemade, so you get to choose the oil and spice that go into this. It only requires you to keep watching the oven and monitoring the beans a bit, but once its done, I bet you cant stop digging into the snack box, hunger time or no ! Hope you enjoyed the Iron Rich series presented this week – Sugarfree Dates and Anjeer Halwa, Broccoli-Spinach Paratha and now this Roasted Chickpeas.
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Prep time : 15 mins | Soaking and cooking time : 8-10 hours
Baking time : 45 mins (will vary from oven to Oven)
Note : As I already had a batch of cooked chickpeas, I followed this recipe, and it came out great. Else you may need to soak overnight and cook the chickpeas (make sure you add a pinch of salt and also ensure that they don’t turn mushy). Alternately, if you are using canned chickpeas, kindly drain before using and add the seasonings directly.
Source : Vardhini
- Cooked Chickpeas – 1 cup
- Oil – 4 to 5 TBSP (I used olive oil)
- Red chilli powder – 2 tsp (adjust spice)
- Salt – to taste (adjust as the cooked chickpeas may also contain salt)
- Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
- Garam Masala – ½ TBSP
- Chat Masala – ¼ tsp
- In a large bowl, add the chickpeas and add all the masala (spice powders) incl salt. Mix well. Add 1 TBSP of oil and toss again.
- Layer the spiced beans on a foil lined tray. Grease the foil with cooking spray or any oil that you are using. Preheat oven to 200C/400F
- Bake for 35-40 mins (depending on when they get crunchy – they harden a bit on cooling, so twice durig the bake, I retossed the beans and put it back into the oven)
- Let it cool a bit and store the baked beans as an any-time snack !