Long time back in one of Rachel Ray's show I saw her making roasted chickpeas by simply frying canned chickpeas on stove top and she was mentioning that it's a nice and crispy snack. I always thought that chickpeas and green peas were deep fried in oil to get that crunchiness.
I used to love these while growing up. It was my grandmother's favorite snack too but we never made it at home. We always got it from stores. After seeing the show I also wanted to prepare it but somehow did not get to it until last week. Instead of sauteeing it in a pan, I decided to roast it in the oven. Otherwise you would have to stand nearby and keep stirring it.
I Googled to see if somebody has already made oven roasted chickpeas and found a lot of results. Here I thought I was the smart one, with this brilliant idea! So I was going through a lot of those roasted chickpeas recipes and found that the oven temperatures, time to roast were different in each case and the reviews of the result were also mixed.
So I decided to follow my own method and was really surprised that it worked out very well. My kids generally like cooked chickpeas by itself, but they like these roasted chickpeas even better.
The recipe is very simple, actually it's not a recipe at all. You have to just keep in mind the oven temperature and the time to roast it. The amount of chickpeas you want to roast, the seasonings are truly your call.
As mentioned before you can roast it in a frying pan on stove top itself. So finally a fat free crunchy snack. Yes it is! It's oil free roasted chickpeas yet with the same taste and texture. Who doesn't like it! Roasted chickpeas is a nice snack by itself or you can use it in your salads instead of bread croutons to get that nice crunchy texture.
You can also try using this roasted chickpeas recipe with other cooked legumes. Just be cautious about the oven temperature and time to roast because each legume might need alteration depending on its texture.
Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
- 3 and 1/2 cups Cooked Chickpeas,
- As Per Your Taste Red Chili Powder
- 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder (Optional)
- As Per Your Taste Salt
- Preheat oven at 425F for 15 minutes.
- If using canned chickpeas, open the can, drain it in a colander, rinse it with water. Dab the chickpeas with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Don't wipe it dry, little moisture is recommended so that the seasonings stick to the chickpeas.
- Transfer the chickpeas to a large baking sheet and add the chili powder and garlic powder. I did not use salt because I was using canned chickpeas which has salt in it already. I also read in another place that adding salt initially will not quicken the process of roasting because it will release moisture. So add it after roasting or better cook the chickpeas with little salt if you are not using the canned ones.
- Leave it in the oven for 35-38 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If you want crunchy chickpeas roast it for 38 minutes. My husband likes the crunchy-chewy texture, so 35 minutes was perfect. SO I took out some after 35 minutes and roasted the balance for another 3-4 minutes. Again keep in mind that oven temperatures vary, so check yours around 35 minutes first and then decide either to roast it further or not.
- After 35 or 38 minutes, switch off the oven and leave the baking tray in the oven itself for another 10 minutes.
- Fat free, guilt free roasted chickpeas are ready to be snacked on. It was so crunchy and addictive. We couldn't stop nibbling on. Anyhow I managed to save some for the next day to see if it remained crunchy even then. I stored them in a closed container and left it on the counter. The crunchy ones were perfect the next day too, but the chewy-crunchy ones were bit difficult to chew.
- The only thing which I wish I done differently was lining the baking sheet with aluminum foil. It was very difficult to get rid of the burnt chickpea marks from the sheet.
This recipe has been updated and republished from 2009 archives.