These crunchy, savoury chickpea snacks are barely a recipe and in fact are not particularly original. I first came across them on Pinterest a couple of years ago and variations on the recipe are posted & reposted all the time over there.
I hadn’t even thought to write a post about them, but, after taking a photo & sharing it on Instagram & Facebook, there was a little cry of ‘ how do you make that’ from various friends & social buddies, so I thought I’d better oblige :)… the powers of social media!!
I have to confess, not all of these were ‘crispy’ just some of them, but I like the slight chewiness contrasting with the occassional crunch. If you want these properly crispy leave them in the oven for longer, watching that they don’t burn.
The basic recipe is REALLY simple. It’s SO simple I’m not even going to put it on a recipe card.
All you need is:
1 tin chickpeas drained.
2 tspns oil
salt to taste.
Pop them on a sheet tray, roll the oil & salt around to coat them all then put into the oven (oven on 200C/Gas mark 6 or 7/ 400 Farenheit) for 20 mins, turning after 10 mins. Leave in longer if you want them crispier.
There are LOADS of ways you could spice these up. See below for my fave ways to do this:
When adding the spices make sure you roll all of the chickpeas around in the spice to coat before putting them in the oven. If you have a liquid that you want to use to flavour them with, then soak the chickpeas for 10-15 mins in the liquid so they absorb some of the flavour, then drain, coat with oil & any other flavourings & bake.
My top suggestions are:
Salt & Vinegar – the vinegar soaks into the chickpeas and is SO addictive.Use around 2 Tbs white wine or other vinegar.
Smoked Paprika – the smoky hit is lush and works so well with the slight nuttiness of the chickpeas
Indian Spices- add a little Garam Masala & mild chilli powder.
Soy Sauce & Sesame- use sesame oil instead of the other oil & soy sauce instead of salt.
Or experiment with other spice blends.. And let me know how they taste either in the comments below or on one of my social networks!