Friday, August 25, 2017

Oven Roasted Chickpeas: Indian Style

Oven Roasted Chickpeas. Highly addictive! Roasted in oven, this protein loaded tiny chickpeas turns into salty snack- perfect nibble or a companion for any drink.

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To be honest, I haven't seen any drink as genuine as Ugly Drinks. They keep it real, with no sugar, no sweetener, no calories and absolutely nothing artificial. If you like sparkling waters that have no fat or salt then you HAVE to give them a try. I tried Tropical one and I was hooked- too good to be true. Perfect flavor and clean sparkling/bubbly taste.

Talking about today’s recipe. These are very Indian in taste, spicy kick from red chilli powder and bit of tang from lemon is dangerously great. Feel free to play around with spices, you can use cumin powder, red chilli flakes and even Italian herbs.

Now some tips on how to make them crunchy:
-Do not use too much oil. It will just make them soggy and mushy.
-Use a large baking pan. Do not overcrowd the pan.
-Whether you are using canned chickpeas or freshly boiled ones, do dry chickpeas on towel properly.
-Mix the spices properly. Toss the spices and leave it on chickpeas for atleast 5 minutes (just like any marination).

1 can chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven at 200C
Drain the chickpeas on a strainer. Wash thoroughly under running water.
Dry the chickpeas on a towel. Chickpeas should look dry and pale.
In a large mixing bowl, mix oil and salt. Toss well. Leave this for 5 minutes.
In a making pan, roast the chickpeas for 20-25 minutes. Stir the chickpeas in between to avoid burning.
Chickpeas are done when they have slight dark colour and crisp on the outside.
Throw in red chilli powder and lemon juice. Mix well so that chickpeas are coated well with spices.

Chickpeas will be very crunchy when hot. Once it cool down it will lose its crispiness but will taste good.
Throw these chickpeas in salad or pulav for some extra crunch.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased. Thanking Ugly Drinks for sending cans to review.

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