Thursday, March 7, 2013

Garam Masala & Paprika Roasted Chickpeas

Full of protein and fibre, chick peas are a great addition to any vegetarians diet. The great thing about them is that they take on the flavour of the dish you add them to, whether it be in a soup, curry or stir fry.

For something a little different, roast them in the oven and add your favourite herbs and spices, no dehydrator required! These are fast becoming my new favourite snack.

You can use dried or canned chick peas for this recipe. It may seem silly to re-hydrate dried chick peas only to dehydrate them again, however as specified on the packaging the dried chick peas must be cooked prior to consumption.

Another bonus is that dried chick peas are cheaper and far lower in salt compared to the canned varieties.


375g Dried Chick Peas
Coconut Oil Spray
Ground Paprika
Garam Masala


Soak chick peas in a large bowl of water overnight
Drain and rinse under clean water
Lay on some paper towel to soak up any excess liquid
Spread the chick peas out on a baking tray
Place on a low shelf in a 200C oven for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

Remove from the oven and divide the chick peas into two bowls
Lightly spray the chick peas with coconut oil
Dust one batch with paprika and the other with garam masala
Return to the baking trays and back into the oven for another 20-30 minutes
Test the chick peas to see that the centres are crisp
Store in an air tight container for up to a week

Makes 7.5 serves

Nutritional info (per 50g serve)

183 calories
10g protein
3g fat
22g carbs
5g sugar
9g fibre


30 cents per 50g serve

Other seasonings

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Cinnamon and Natvia
Cayenne Pepper
Chicken Salt
Salt and Pepper

Swap potato chips or microwave popcorn for my Garam Masala & Paprika Roasted Chickpeas, or use in place of croutons in salads. 

One more tip

If you use chick peas a lot in your cooking, dried chick peas are the cheaper option in comparison to canned. At only $1.75 for a 375g bag, which yields roughly 750g of chick peas once re-hydrated, you could save yourself $2 to $3. 

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