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Easy Spicy Chickpeas Recipe

Spicy Chickpeas

Looking for a healthy and delicious snack? Look no further than crispy and spicy chickpeas! These chickpeas are deep-fried until golden brown and crispy, then seasoned with a smoky and spicy blend of spices. They are the perfect snack for when you are feeling peckish, and they are also a great way to add some protein and fiber to your diet and are perfect for nuts and corn allergy sufferers.

This Mediterranean version of the Spicy Chickpeas recipe serves four people. The recipe is from The Mediterranean Cookbook and is easy to make. Not too spicy, with the right amount of spices, the aroma and flavor are bold and complex, with a hint of smokiness from the paprika.

What are Chickpeas? Origin and health benefits

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a type of legume that is high in protein and fiber. They are versatile ingredients that can be used in various dishes, from hummus and falafel to salads and soups.

Chickpeas are native to the Middle East and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They are a good protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals source. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues, while fiber helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied. Chickpeas are also a good source of iron, folate, and magnesium.

There are two main types of chickpeas: kabuli and desi. Kabuli chickpeas are larger and have smoother skin, while desi chickpeas are smaller and have darker skin. Kabuli chickpeas are the most common type of chickpea found in grocery stores.

Spicy Chickpeas
Spicy Chickpeas

Chickpeas can be eaten cooked or raw. You can soak chickpeas overnight and cook them in water or broth for about an hour. You can also cook dried chickpeas without soaking, which will take longer. Once cooked, chickpeas can be added to salads, soups, and stews or used to make hummus, falafel, and other dishes.

Chickpeas are sold in canned form. They are a convenient and easy-to-use ingredient that can be found in most grocery stores. Canned chickpeas are typically cooked and ready to eat, making them a quick and easy addition to various dishes.

Chickpeas are a healthy and versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in various ways. They are a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and can be a part of a balanced diet. Or a healthy and versatile ingredient to add to your diet, chickpeas are a great option. They are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and can be enjoyed in various ways.

How to make Spicy Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • Dried Chickpeas
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Brown Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pinch of Chili Powder

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight in 4 cups of water.
  2. Drain water from chickpeas and place in a saucepan. Pour 2 cups of clean water into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the water simmers, and cook until the chickpeas are tender about 40 minutes. Drain the chickpeas, place them on a paper towel-lined plate, and pat them dry.
  3. Warm the oil in a Dutch oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit over medium heat.
  4. Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl, stir until thoroughly combined, and set the mixture aside.
  5. Place the chickpeas in the hot oil and dry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove and place them in the bowl with the seasoning mixture. Toss to coat and serve.
Spicy Chickpeas
Spicy Chickpeas

Note and Tips

This is a great recipe to make and plan for a get-together with friends and family.

  • If you don’t have smoked paprika, you can substitute regular paprika or another type of chili powder.
  • Make these chickpeas ahead of time, and leave them uncovered. Do not place them in a container with a lid. Chickpeas will lose their crispiness. Instead, cover it with a paper towel.
  • Cover chickpeas while they are soaking in water overnight.
  • Can you make these using canned chickpeas? Yes!

To make canned Crispy Chickpeas: 

Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Season with the spice mixture while they are hot.

Here are some ideas for how to use crispy and spicy chickpeas:

  • Add them to salads, bowls, or sandwiches for a protein-packed boost.
  • Serve them as a snack or appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Toss them into a stir-fry or curry for extra texture and flavor.
  • Use them to top pizzas, pasta dishes, or rice bowls.
  • Get creative and see how to incorporate these delicious chickpeas into your favorite meals!

Conclusion

Crispy and spicy chickpeas are a delicious and healthy snack that is perfect for any occasion. They are packed with protein and fiber and are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy snack or a healthy addition to your favorite meals, crispy and spicy chickpeas are a great option.

Spicy Chickpeas
Spicy Chickpeas
Spicy Chickpeas

Crispy and Spicy Chickpeas Recipe

Spicy chickpeas are deep fried until they are golden brown and crispy, and then seasoned with a smoky and spicy blend of spices.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soaking time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 187 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Dried Chickpeas
  • 2 cups Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Pinch of Chili Powder

Instructions
 

  • Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight in 4 cups of water.
  • Drain water from chickpeas and place in a saucepan. Pour 2 cups of clean water into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the water simmers, and cook until the chickpeas are tender about 40 minutes. Drain the chickpeas, place them on a paper towel-lined plate, and pat them dry.
  • Warm the oil in a Dutch oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit over medium heat.
  • Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl, stir until thoroughly combined, and set the mixture aside.
  • Place the chickpeas in the hot oil and dry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove and place them in the bowl with the seasoning mixture. Toss to coat and serve.

Notes

Recipe from The Mediterranean Cookbook. 

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 158mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 9gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 3mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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