Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe | Low Calorie Snacks

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Low Calorie Snacks
The morning time on a week day would be busy in packing breakfast, fruits and snack box for TH as  he leaves quite early in the morning. I usually pack the breakfast for him and most of the times it would be Muesli,Cereals,Sandwich,Burger and sometimes south Indian breakfast items.As he works for long hours, apart from the breakfast, I also pack fruits and a few snacks.Both of us usually prefer to take small meals through the day rather than having a three meal day.  
Low Calorie Snacks
I am always on the look out for healthy and low fat snacks.While I do prepare various instant varieties like salads,sundal etc, I always look for snacks which could be prepared ahead and stored for a few days.This oven roasted chickpeas is one such recipe, which I prepare very frequently as both of us love chickpeas in all forms. This is definitely a protein packed and low fat snack which is perfect to munch with your evening cuppa.I am posting the chatpata Indian style roasted chickpeas. The flavors are very versatile and one can be creative in the use of flavors.
Low Calorie Snacks
You can check out few low fat snack recipes in my blog.I would add few more snacks soon.

Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe:
shelf life: stays crisp for 2 days,but can be stored up to a week

2 cups white Chickpeas / Kabuli Chana(or Kala chana)
1 Bay leaf
1/4 tsp strong home made Garam masala or 1/2 tsp ready made garam masala

to marinate:
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Red chili powder
1 tsp Chaat masala
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Amchur powder
1/4 tsp Pepper powder
1 tsp Salt(or to taste)

  • Wash and soak chickpeas for 7-8 hours or overnight.Pressure cook chickpeas with a bay leaf and garam masala  for 2 whistles and reduce the flame and keep it for 5-6 mins.Switch it off. Once the pressure drops drain the chickpeas and spread them as a thin layer on a kitchen towel and let the moisture dries up.
  • In a bowl add olive oil, red chili powder, pepper powder, chaat masala, turmeric powder, amchur powder and salt and whisk well.
  • Add the drained and dried chickpeas to the mixture and mix it nicely and let it marinate for half an hour.
  • Line a baking tray with a silver foil and spread the marinated chickpeas in a single layer.
  • Bake it in the oven at 160 degrees for 30-35 mins until they turn crisp.Try to mix them in between once or twice.Keep an eye after half an hour,they might get burnt.Every oven differs in time and temperature,so judge them accordingly.When you touch them after they are done they would be slightly soft and they would become crisp once they are cooled down completely.
Store them in air tight container.They stay crisp for 2-3 days.
  1. I make it in small quantities and finish them in 2-3 days.I think you can keep the roasted chickpeas up to a week.
  2. You can play with the flavors for chickpeas.You can experiment with garlic,pepper powder and salt or adjust the spices according to your wish.
  3. Every oven differs in time and temperature,so judge them accordingly.
  4. You can use kala chana(black chickpeas) instead of white chickpeas in the recipe. 


FewMinute Wonders said...

Great idea for a snack.

Anusha said...

can munch on these all day Prathy. Lovely pictures.

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy to snack on Prathy
lovely pictures

divya said...

Looks Superb.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect movie time muncher... :)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

The perfect guilt free sncak...

Unknown said...

this was in my to do list..maybe should make it now...good one..

Priya Suresh said...

Love to munch those guilt free and quite addictive oven roasted chickpeas..Inviting.

Savi-Ruchi said...

though my family doesn't like chickpeas, they love eating these. I too make it often, but these days I have become very lazy to make them. Thanks for reminding. Your pictures are tempting me to make some soon :)

Sudha said...

I liked this recipe and going to make it rt now.soaked channa at I cook channa till it is soft?Pl.reply.Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sudha

Laavanya said...

What a tasty and healthy snack... have been meaning to try this for a while now...

AJ said...

They look perfectly done!

Indian Khana said...

Looks yum ...healthy way to munch on the props

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

I made this last week and will be posting this week. i used canned chickpeas. Cute clicks and guilt free snack

Ashwini said...

Hi Pratibha,
Had made these last week just few days before you posted it on your blog. The ones i made didn't come out as well as i expected . The recipe asked to bake the cooked chickpeas at 200 degrees C for 25-30 mins.I was not happy with the crispiness and hence baked it for 10 more mins just to get a tough chewy skin and soft peas in the centre..:-(...Will try your version and give you the feedback.

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Look yummy !!!

Ashwini said...

Hi Prathibha,
I made this today but was disappointed to get the same soft chickpeas I mentioned in my previous comment on May 4th.. despite 45 mins in the oven. They tasted good however they were far from being crunchy. I followed your recipe but for two things...1) I pressure cooked it for 10 mins instead of 6 as you mentioned and 2) baked it at 170 degrees as my oven didn't have the open of 160 degrees. Any idea if these two changes could have influenced the outcome?

chef and her kitchen said...

@Ashwini...I am surprised to know this..because if I bake for 45 mins everything would hv got burnt and you r saying urs are still soft..I wonder where it went wrong..baking at 170 degrees is absolutely fine and just takes less time...and regarding the time as long as it did not become mushy its fine...I am clueless where it could have gone wrong..but if you bake for bit longer are you not able 2 achieve the crispiness??

Ashwini said...

Hi Prathibha,
I gave these oven roasted chickpeas another shot and this time they turned out crisp...though a few were overdone as they got very hard once they cooled..i timed it this time ...i probably need 45 min at 170 degrees,instead i baked it for 50 mins. Surprisingly none of them got burnt. Thank you.

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