June 19, 2014

Oven Roasted Chickpeas | Healthy Snacks | Iron Rich foods

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. Let it cool a bit and store the baked beans as an any-time snack !


  1. That's a wonderful snack kalyani..even we can enjoy it so much!

  2. Would love to munch anytime, oven roasted are much better than the deep fried ones, addictive snacks.

  3. Oven-roasting chickpeas has been on my to-do list for some time. You post is a good reminder. I would like to taste your snack right now.

  4. This is a wonderful and healthy snack to munch on....

  5. Love these healthy and delicious chickpea snack.

  6. aren't you getting healthier by the day with your recipes...this is beautiful option, waiting for the real rains to bring these out

  7. I love this crunchy munch but have never ever thought of making it at home . good idea to bake it . bookmarking.

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  9. what a delicious and healthy snack

  10. Love these!! These have been in my to-do list forever. The one time I made them I couldn't take pictures.


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