Oct

14

2010

When Snack Time Calls

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Garam Masala Roasted Chickpeas

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The craving hits. You want something to pop into your mouth. Maybe you did just finish dinner a couple of hours ago, or perhaps you are hours away from it. This is the time that you need a snack. Most of us fall onto the sweet snack or salty snack side. Depending on what your tongue longs for, you make your decision. We all want to satisfy that craving, and some of us strive to make it a healthier choice. The question is–How healthy is that choice if you eat almost all of it? Well if you are a chickpea fan, no one’s judging you if you do.

Our friends at CSN stores sent over a package with a pretty red tool inside. To be precise, it was a pretty cherry red tool. Le Creuset’s mini mortar and pestle set. We say mini because it is 10-ounce capacity as opposed to the daddy 20-ounce size. The study stoneware proved to be just the piece perfect for crushing and breaking down whole garam masala herbs and spices that would then be strewn over chickpeas. With a proper mortar and pestle, you can grind, grind, grind away the stresses of the world until all you’re left with is  a fine powder. Even with all that grinding, this mortar and pestle did not show one scratch. Although it’s too small to throw together any homemade guacamole or salsa, it’s just the right size for all the whole spices we love to use, especially for roasted chickpeas. They are a blank canvas, so flavor them as you choose. You can always make them spicier, saltier or sweeter if that’s your thing. And if you eat them all, well, at least you can say that snack time had it’s health benefits.

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Garam Masala Roasted Chickpeas – Serves 8
28 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup whole garam masala spice mix
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt

1. Toast the garam masala mix over medium high heat until fragrant, making sure not to burn them, approximately 2 minutes.

2. Pop the whole spices and herbs into the mortar and grind down to a powder with the pestle.

3. In a medium bowl, toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, garam masala and salt.

4. Place the chickpeas in a flat layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees and continue baking another 25-30 minutes or until the chickpeas are browned, dry and crunchy.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. So cute! Oooh I have a gift certificate with CSN and was wondering what I needed! Yay I need one of those! And those chickpeas are fabulous!

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  2. I’m totally a salty, crunchy girl when it comes to snacking and I’ve been obsessed with garam masala for quite awhile so this fits all my criteria for a perfect snack!

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  3. Oh, I have been searching for a bar snack for our Pan Asian restaurant. I think I just found it. Thank you for that!

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  4. Another amazing idea from the Duo. Salty, spicy, and crunchy. Yummy!!!

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  5. I love roasted chickpeas! So addictive

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  6. A healthy snack! I tend to snack on sweet stuff, which is in no way as healthy as this.

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  7. I am droooooling!

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  8. Wow! That looks good! Another great recipe from Duo Dishes, thanks!

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  9. Snack time is always calling me … I must be on a hot line of some sort! Garam Masala is the perfect spice for the roasted chickpeas, these would totally hit the spot. Loving that sexy red mortar and pestle set too. Ooh la la!

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  10. It’s so true. These snacks are NOT ones to feel guilty over! And that mortar and pestle set is just the cutest! Great choice for a CSN review!

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  11. Hm, I’ve never really thought of chickpeas as a snackeroo…but I think they’ll be perfect little nutritional balls during my exam week! (which is now)

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  12. What a great idea–thanks! I love the flavors of garam masala and I love chickpeas so I will definitely have to try this. One of my favorite snacks in Japan was roasted green peas with a crunchy outer fried layer.

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  13. We did this the other day but it came out too dry! Your looks wonderful..

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  14. i’ve been itching for a mortar/pestle but the good ones are pricey! i may need to infiltrate your kitchen. maybe i can have some chickpeas while there? i love roasted chickpeas SO much

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  15. Besides sounding tasty & healthy. They’re super adorable! :)

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  16. This is my favorite. I buy this all the time from a nearby Indian restaurant. Now with your recipe I can try making it myself.

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  17. mouth. watering.

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  18. That’s a cute little gift. I love the snack you made.

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  19. How long will these stay crunchy?

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    • Pop them into an airtight container, and they will last 2-3 days. Easy easy!

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  20. Your beautiful pictures make me want to dive right in!

    Laura

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  21. Nice mortar & pestle! This recipe (I LOVE chickpeas) sounds really snack-worthy!

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  22. Ok, you got me…from that cute mortar and pestle to the Chick peas, fantastic! These are flavors and ingredients that I cook with all the time, right up my alley, so I can imagine just how good that tastes. I’ve been in the market for a mortar and pestle myself, plus a pot from Le Creuset, but I have to find a good enough reason to treat myself to a pot that pricey.

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  23. GOTTA have the gadget now.. love all gadgets.. read into that what u may;)

    Loving the chickpea snack!!

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  24. This is a snack I will have to try! Yum!

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  25. Yummy chickpeas indeed. I’ve only gotten to like them as a snack in recent months. I don’t know how I went without them for such a long time. They’re really tasty.

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  26. I’ve been wanting/needing a mortar and pestle forever. This one is so cute!! And I love the chickpeas… So delicious looking :)

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  27. Waw!! these garam masala roasted chickpeas look awesomely tasty & special too!

    MMMMM,..I love garam masala a lot! Now, I can use my pestle & mortar again,…thank you!

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  28. I am going to have to give these another go – maybe I didn’t cook mine long enough, because they were slightly chewy (i.e. raw) tasting. Yours look nice and crunchy!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  29. Despite how much I love chickpeas, I never seem to remember that you can roast them, so this one is being noted down for sure!

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  30. I’ve been wanting to try roasted chick peas ever since I saw them on Steamy Kitchen but these take it up a level with the garam masala. Nice.

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  31. YUM!! So happy the first recipe I read of yours in vegan… SO happy. Can’t wait to try this. And I love your website. So user-friendly and pretty to look at!

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  32. So UNhappy my first comment has a typo! “IS vegan” I meant to say.

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  33. roasted chickpeas are my favorite go-to source for quick protein when i’ve got other veggies roasting in the oven. such a wonderful chew! can’t wait to meet you guys at foodbuzz!

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  34. Whoa – you just took snacks to an all new level. These chickpeas look and sound amazing!

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  35. Girl (and guy), this is one of my fave ways of having chick peas. soo darn deelish. Indian food in general is to be reckoned with. I <3.

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  36. What a nice treat! Roasted chick peas are the best. Great recipe!

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  37. This looks fantastic. I love Indian food or anything with similar exotic flavors. This is going in my healthy faves file and I can’t wait to make it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Jana

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  38. I’ve never used chickpeas, though I’ve eaten a lot of them. Would you use a can of chickpeas that have been drained and rinsed, or would you use dried chickpeas (and then do you soak and/or cook them)? Thanks! I can’t wait to try this!

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    • If you use dried chickpeas, just soak, cook and drain before roasting!

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  39. I bought this spice at the grocery, it is far from a quarter cup in measurement. Is there a conversion that includes store-bought seasoning? Or do I need to buy another jar?

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    • The jarred seasoning is just fine! For this recipe, 2 tablespoons of ground garam masala would be perfect. Thanks for the comment!

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