Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Crunchy Toasted Chickpeas

Higher Protein Popcorn

This is a great stock cupboard snack to have up your sleeve. Nice to serve with drinks, or while watching a film should you have been watching (god forbid) Heston Blumenthal pointless quest to rid cineworld of popcorn. The less said about that programme the better. You have to allow these to cool before eating as it's only once they're cooled that they gain their crunchiness. You can use any variety of herbs and spices for these - whatever you like just chuck it in there! The chickpea flour is not necessary, you can use ordinary flour. I used a mixture of chickpeas and other beans (kidney and haricot) - they didn't come out so well so I'd just stick with the chickpeas

1 can of chickpeas - well drained
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of chickpea flower
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of garam masala
a dusting of dried chili flakes
A good bit of salt
Freshly milled pepper

1) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, until all the chickpeas are evenly coated.
2) Toss onto a baking tray
3) Toast at 200c for 30 mins turning every 10 minutes
4) Allow to cool and serve. I served mine with a lemon and yogurt sauce though it was kind of tricky to eat, they're best eaten on their own with a nice beer - Helwick Gold maybe mmmmmmm beer! 
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Joanna Schaff said...

These sound yum! Definitely on my list to try.

Nicola/Simply Homemade said...

Wow! Will definitely give these a try!

Lu said...

Hey Joanna - yeah they're great - if you like chickpeas.
homemade - give them a try you won't regret it - promise - a really lovely snack

ktpi said...

what else can you use chickpea flour for i wonder??

looks yum but popcorn is delicious.... perhaps a snack showdown might be necessary??

Catherine said...

I'm starting to think that there is nothing that can't be done with chickpeas!

Lu said...

You show me your best popcorn Kate and I'll show you a trio of chickpea snacks. Chickpea flour can be used in falafel and other things - falafel is the only thing I've used it for before.

Chickpeas are amazing Catherine - they reacted totally different to the other beans that I roasted proving beyond doubt they are the best bean!

ktpi said...

let the battle begin! chick pea vs bloke p....(opcorn)!

i'm not sure anyone could resist buttery hot popcorn but you're likely to win on the health stakes with that one!

i've had popcorn with lime and chilli before, was quite delicious, and toffee popcorn's always a treat!

a june time snack clash?

Lu said...

yup - you can make me toffee popcorn and we can bring it to forbidden fruit - YAY

Popcorn is a fruit right?

Aoife Mc said...

Yum, these look totally awesome. Making asap!