Monday, May 16, 2005

What all chickpeas want to be when they grow up



Roasted. Yes, that's right. Roasted chickpeas. Who knew? Well, I read about this on Linda's blog quite a while ago, and filed it away in my mind as "well.. that's interesting. But as I generally can't stand chickpeas or beans, I doubt it."

Saturday night, Lena and Nico came over for dinner and to watch the hockey game. (Miserable - Sweden lost.) Perfect time to try it out - and besides, there were plenty of chips and carrot sticks in case the chickpeas were nasty. As I suspected.

But boy, was I wrong! These were great! Well, for chickpeas. They were a lot better than I would ever have expected, crunchy, tasty and very spicy. I changed things a little from Linda's version, so I'll reprint it here.

Roasted chickpeas

1 can of chickpeas (about 400 g)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
salt
cayenne pepper
cumin

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Heat the oven to 225 degrees C. Put the chickpeas on a baking sheet, and roast for 20 minutes. Shake them a little bit half way through.

Take them out and put into a bowl. Add the oil and the spices, as much as you want, and mix well. Turn the chickpeas back onto the baking sheet, and back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. They're done when they're bronzed and VERY crunchy. (Some came out a bit softer, and those were very much inferior.)

7 comments:

Indira said...

Wow, Looks good. I usually buy them at an Indian grocery shop. Ready to eat, hot, spicy, crunchy chickpeas. Great snack food.

McAuliflower said...

Yum, I keep forgetting to try this recipe out. I'd love to try sprinkling a curry salt mixture on them.

Linda said...

I'm so glad these worked out for you! I wasn't sure how good they'd be either the first time I made them, but they won me over instantly. Happy that you liked them too.

Anne said...

Indira - sadly no Indian groceries here, but these are a breeze to make so it doesn't matter much. Also, I like knowing exactly what goes into them, since I like the health factor so much. :)

Mcauliflower - curry salt sounds great! I got a yearning for a sweet version, I realise that it won't be as healthy but oh well. Maybe some brown sugar in addition to the spices next time!

Linda - THANK YOU for posting these in the first place. Great recipe!

Gourmet de provincias said...

Great recipe. Chickpeas are very common in Spanish recipes and we love the, but I've never tried them this way (I'll make it this evening).

By the way, I have my own cokking weblog, but it is in Spanish (http://gourmetymerlin.blogspot.com) I'm sure you would like it if you could read it. Anyway, great recipe and great blog.

Greetings from Santiago de Compostela.

Pam said...

These are also excellent with smoked paprika (pimenton) and coarse salt. The only problem is that they're addictive!

travelingwilbury said...

Hej, Anne
I made these for my birthday and they were a huge hit! Thanks for sharing.
Gabriela