When I have the urge to nibble on something crispy and crunchy, I will make my homemade roasted cashews, roasted almonds or sesame crisps to satisfy my craving. Lately, I had added one new found healthy snack to my list.
Roasted chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are the snack that I am currently addicted to. They bear a little resemblance to those fried chickpeas (kacang putih) sold by Indian hawkers during my yesteryears. Although it’s a roasted version, I was pleasantly surprised to find these beans incredibly crispy and crunchy, providing me with all the satisfaction of chips. Besides that, they also packed with protein, calcium and fiber too! Best of all, you need only little effort to make them. Yes, it will work on canned beans and not dried beans. There are simply two reasons why I prefer to use canned beans. First, canned beans are pre-cooked, hence they can be used instantly. This can shorten the time for preparation and cooking tremendously. Second (and most importantly), the texture will be crispier and crunchier. Those roasted dried beans have a harder texture that can burden your jaws to munch. These are my personal findings after I had done some experiments with both types of beans. Furthermore, I don’t have much luck with the use of dried chickpeas as all of my past attempts had failed to meet my expectation. They were either soft in the center or got burned. Why? I don’t know. Nevertheless, I still included both methods in my recipe for you to do your own comparison. I would love to hear your findings too.
This is a very versatile recipe. You can pick any seasonings you prefer, be it sweet or savoury. I had used a combination of paprika, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and black pepper. This spice mix is not overpowering and makes a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of herbs and spices for your kids. I had also included some of my favourite roasted chickpeas recipes at the end of this post for your references. If you still can’t decide which one to follow after going through the list, then I would suggest that you start with the three basic ingredients which are salt, pepper and olive oil. But, I must forewarn you that this snack is highly addictive!! If you are preparing it for a large group, then it is safer to double or triple the amount as they can vanish in no time!!
On a separate note, I was requested by my son to showcase his masterpiece creation inspired by Vincent Van Gogh “Starry Night” when shooting for this post. Hope you will like it too! Today, he turns SIX officially, and it is also the same wonderful day that I got promoted to be a “Mama” six years ago!!
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