Roasted chickpeas are beyond delicious, and they can be dressed up or down depending on how you like them. Personally, I like a savoury snack to be salty, with a hint of smokey spice, so I make a paste from smoked paprika, garlic granules, cumin seeds, salt and oil, add a little chipotle paste and away I go. They are not hot, but really beautifully smokey and incredibly moreish.
These roasted morsels of wonder make a great alternative to crisps or nachos, and go a little too well with a glass of icy cold white wine or a frosty beer.
- 400g cooked chickpeas - this is 2 cans worth.
- 1tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic granules
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp chipotle paste
- a good grind of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 200C. Drain the chickpeas and rinse well. Dry in small batches by rolling the chickpeas around between a couple of sheets of kitchen roll or a clean tea towel. Spread out into a single layer on a baking tray with sides, lined with tin foil, removing any skins that have fallen off the chickpeas. Leave to one side as you make the spice paste.
- Next grind together the paprika, garlic granules, cumin seeds and salt in a pestle and mortar. When they are thoroughly mixed, add the olive oil and chipotle paste and mix again. You'll end up with a dark red spice paste.
- Pour the spice paste over the chickpeas and gently toss together so each chick pea is nicely coated. It looks like there isn't enough paste to cover everything, but there is. Put on the top shelf of the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.
- To stop the chickpeas sticking or burning remove and shake every 10 minutes. After 40 minutes the chickpeas should be nice and crunchy. They will also have shrunk quite a bit.
- Leave to cool and then store in an airtight container.
- Don't skip on drying the chickpeas - the drier they are, the easier they are to roast.
I’m not sure what is going on with the calorie information with this recipe. 251 cals per serving seemed high, so I put the recipe into livestrong.com (67 cals per serving) and myfitnesspal.com (110 cals per serving). Either way, it’s not a fat free snack, so eat as you see fit. Everything in moderation, and they are still better than a bag of Doritos however calorific they are. Exercise a little common sense and enjoy them, roasted chickpeas are super!