June 4, 2021 by D.Fathia
Updated June 4, 2021
Simple steps to make mouthwatering roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas are as old as history. Excavations have found evidence of these beans being cultivated in the Middle East and the Levant during the pre-pottery Neolithic age, around 8500 BC. Later, they were transported and domesticated in the Fertile Crescent, the Mediterranean region, and India.
Books, old and new, listed different varieties of chickpeas. People also thought highly of these beans and used them as medicines in addition to a wide range of culinary uses.
The one detail that stands out is that chickpeas were brewed instead of coffee in the eighteenth century. What was noted by a German writer was affirmed during the First World War; they were cultivated almost exclusively to be used for coffee making.
Our Arabic coffee is now made up of a few ingredients along with roasted chickpeas. There is a big chance that this recipe was influenced by the European choice of coffee ingredients as we have seen above.
I have always been an addict to pure coffee, but who knows? This recipe might taste great. You can give it a try yourself, but for now, let’s focus on crispy chickpeas.
I usually tend to eat lots of snacks. I know this might not seem healthy, but when you don’t have time to prepare food, you turn to easily made or already made options. Besides, hunger usually strikes hard so you cannot resist eating until the dinner table is set.
However, no need to panic; most of my snacks if not all are totally healthy. I tend to pay attention to what I eat and monitor my nutrition guidelines.
One f my favorite snacks is chickpeas. I can have those at any time of the day. They are sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and most importantly full of nutrients. They are crunchy tasteful little beans that you will definitely enjoy eating. The best part yet is that you can make them with various flavors.
How to prepare crispy chickpeas?
You can prepare the most delicious crispy chickpeas ever at home by yourself. The recipe does not need much time or effort.
You just need to gather the ingredients and you will be done in no time.
- Canned or cooked chickpeas
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
Steps: how to make roasted chickpeas?
First of all, you need to drain and dry the beans very well. Use a paper towel and roll them gently until perfectly dry.
Then, drizzle a good amount of olive oil on the beans and mix them well.
Preheat the oven, place your chickpeas on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for twenty to twenty-five minutes.
The rest of the spices are to be added after we take the plate out of the oven because they might get burned.
So, take out your beans, add the spices and toss well. Lastly, you will need to put them back in the oven for no more than eight minutes top.
If you wish you can be creative when it comes to the flavors used for this recipe. You can coat the beans in harissa paste or sriracha and lime juice if you prefer a more sizzling snack.
If you prefer a sweet snack, however, we also have a suggestion for you. Instead of all the spices we have been talking about, you should use maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
The bottom line, this snack has something to offer for all different tastes and appetites.
How to store roasted chickpeas?
You should better enjoy these crunchy roasted chickpeas while they are still warm because they tend to lose their crunchiness after some time.
However, you can store them for later use as well. Put them in an air-tight container and seal tightly. This should prevent them from turning soft.
While these make an excellent snack at all times, there are other uses of such delicious food.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a serving of 28 grams has the following nutrients:
- Calories: 46
- Carbohydrates: 8 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Protein: 3 grams
- Folate: 12% of the RDI
- Iron: 4% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 5% of the RDI
- Copper: 5% of the RDI
- Manganese: 14% of the RDI
They are packed with beneficial nutrients such as fiber, iron, and manganese. They are rich in plant-based protein which makes them the perfect food for vegetarians.
You can reap the benefits of these beans and use them in a variety of recipes such as salads and shawarma wraps.