Chickpea Chilli Chews

A Review on Father’s Day:

I find days such as Father’s and Mother’s Day particularly troubling. I mean it requires a gift of sorts, something that says “I value you as a parent”, but not something quite as big as their birthday or Christmas gifts. But you see you don’t want to be cheap now either. Even as a small kid I felt the pressure and ended up scavenging for my hidden millions. I ended up sticking a couple of cents to a piece of paper and told my mom “go buy something pretty for yourself”. These days I don’t offer up all my gold and copper, I need my money these days for the bills, so I got more creative by using my hands. After all, isn’t something made with love the most valuable gift to give in the end? (And it does help that it is crazily easy to make)…
These babies are absolutely deliciously addictive. A really great feature, is that you can custom fit each batch to your liking in terms of crunchiness and taste by zooming up your spices. I love the chilli-garlic combo (almost as much as my dad) so that’s the route I chose, but go ahead with some plain salt ‘n pepper flavouring or way out with some Asian influences. If you use dried chickpeas they’ll be much more crunchy, where the canned ones will be soft inside and crisp on the out. So in the immaculate words of Fleetwood Mac: “Go your own way!”

Ingredients:

2 Cups chickpeas

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Tablespoons mixed spice (eg salt, pepper, paprika, garlic flakes, chilli flakes)

Method

Whether using dried or canned chickpeas, rinse thoroughly. Lay the chickpeas out on a cloth and let them dry completely for about an hour. Lay chickpeas out on a baking tray and bake in a 200 degree oven for about 40 minutes, shaking the tray every ten or so minutes. While the chickpeas are still hot, sprinkle with oil and spice and mix with a spoon until every pea is well-covered. Let cool completely, store in an airtight container and enjoy within one week.

Happy eating! 😉


Prep time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 40 minutes

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