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Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas {Vegetarian}

These elegant Spicy Roasted Chickpeas flavored with Indian Spices are nutrition packed and are made with dry chickpeas. Indian Spices are known for their bold flavor. The blend of hot peppers, Garam Masala, and coriander powder adds depth to these Roasted Chickpeas.

Indian Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

These Indian Roasted Chickpeas coated with Indian spices and olive oil are made in the oven and are utterly delicious with the chickpeas being crispy on the inside and outside. You may also use honey and garlic to add more bold flavors to this quick roasted snack.

The earthiness of cumin, spicy chilies and the tanginess of lemon juice adds perfect texture to these oven roasted chickpeas. You can air fry the chickpeas as well.

These Spicy and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are highly addictive and a healthy treat that our whole family enjoys, especially our eight year old daughters. This is a great high protein snack to take anywhere! 

The aroma of spices when chickpeas get roasted in the oven is so refreshing that you simply can’t resist them. If you are not a fan of Spicy Chickpeas, you may try our Sweet Roasted Chickpeas Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Vegan and Gluten free.
  • Blending of Spicy flavors.
  • Super quick and easy recipe to make.
  • Kids friendly.
  • Easily available Ingredients.
  • Can be had as a small snack or hearty meal.
  • Make-Ahead Roasted Snack.
  • Low Carb and High Protein Snack.
  • The Best Spicy Roasted Chickpeas ever!!

Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local store if they are not already in your pantry. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Chickpeas – is the star ingredient of this Spicy Roasted Chickpeas recipe. We have used dried chickpeas for this recipe. If you are busy, you may use the canned chickpeas. They need to be drained and dried for getting the best crispy chickpeas when roasted in the oven. 
  • Lemon Juice – The fresh lemon juice adds the perfect tangy flavor to these roasted chickpeas and they become a perfect munch time snack. 
  • Maple Syrup – You may use honey or maple syrup. We love the natural sweetness added by maple syrup when coated on chickpeas. The moderate amount of maple syrup used binds together the chickpeas with the spices and won’t make them less spicy. 
  • Spices – Indian spices work best for this recipe of roasted chickpeas. We have used cumin powder, cinnamon, coriander, chili pepper, Garam masala, black pepper and salt. Garam Masala is a very flavorful Indian spice that each brand makes slightly unique due to their composition of spices included. The brand we use is called Laxmi (pictured below). You can find Garam Masala in the ethnic spice section of your local supermarket. Feel free to adjust the heat.
  • Olive Oil – This helps to combine all the spices together and coat them well on chickpeas. You may use avocado oil as well.
indian spicy chickpeas ingredients

Equipment 

Variations

  • Make-Ahead Roasted Chickpeas: For busy you, you may always make this recipe a bit in advance. You need to store them in an airtight container safely or else the chickpeas won’t be crunchy enough after some time.
  • Garlic Roasted Chickpeas: If you love bold and strong flavors, then try making garlic roasted chickpeas. Minced garlic chunks when roasted slowly in the oven with maple or honey and olive oil coated chickpeas definitely tastes amazing.
  • Italian Roasted Chickpeas: Roast these canned chickpeas with Italian seasoning for enjoying the Italian flavors. Remember to add garlic to them as garlic and Italian seasonings have a match made in heaven!
  • Balsamic Roasted Chickpeas: Experiment on your garbanzo beans with balsamic vinegar to have intense flavors and you may skip lemon juice from this recipe.  
  • Moroccan Roasted Chickpeas: We love Moroccan spices and adding them to roasted chickpeas brings the recipe to another level.
  • Add another vegetable: You may add crunchy onions, cilantro and bell peppers to these roasted chickpeas and it would surely be a hearty Chickpea salad of its own.
  • Add cheese: Top the Roasted chickpeas with grated parmesan or Cheddar cheese for creamy chickpeas. But then it won’t be low in carbs or a healthy snack! 
yummy roasted chickpeas

What To Serve With Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas ?

These Indian Roasted Chickpeas are indeed a healthy snack of their own. You may toss them in a sandwich or top them in pasta or 

  • Have these roasted chickpeas with a hot creamy tomato soup.
  • Add them to your salad bowl.
  • Serve as a healthy snack to guests.
  • Pack them in lunch boxes for boosting energy levels.

How To Store Leftover Spicy Roasted Chickpeas?

Once completely cooled, these crispy spicy roasted chickpeas can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week (if they last that long). We end up finishing them off sooner than expected and sometimes 2 cans of beans feel so insufficient. 

How To Make Indian Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Step 1: Prep

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray such as Pam, and set aside. 

Step 2: Dry Roast 

  • Rinse, then dry chickpeas with a paper towel. Add chickpeas to the baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes turning once after 15 minutes.
dry the chickpeas

Step 3: Blend Spices

  • While chickpeas are roasting, put together your spice mix. In a small bowl, stir together cumin, coriander, cinnamon, garam masala, black pepper, chili powder, salt and set aside.
blend the spices

Step 4: Mix it up

  • Remove chickpeas from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and add olive oil, lemon juice and maple syrup. 
  • Gently mix everything together taking care not to break chickpeas into bits. Add in all of your dry spices and again, gently mix together making sure spices are evenly distributed.
mix the spices and chickpeas

Step 5: Into the Oven, Again

  • Empty chickpeas onto your baking sheet and spread out in a single layer. 
  • Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this will guarantee they come out crunchy. Roast in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for an additional 30-35 minutes.  Once they are done, test for crunchiness. 
put chickpeas back into the oven

The flavorful and crispy Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are ready. Serve them with your choice of dip or have them as is!

fully roasted chickpeas

Expert Tips

  • Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this will guarantee they come out crunchy. 
  • If the chickpeas are still slightly mealy in the middle, turn off the oven and let chickpeas sit in the warm oven for an additional 10-20 minutes.
  • Once completely cooled, these little guys can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
Are roasted chickpeas unhealthy?

Roasted Chickpeas are full of fiber, protein and healthy fats and are surely a nutritious snack with low in calories, they are ideal for weight loss too.

Why are my roasted chickpeas chewy?

You might need to remove the outer skin from the chickpea so that there is no water retention in it. This would make them crunchy and not chewy.

Why are my roasted chickpeas exploding?

When using canned chickpeas for roasting, ensure that they are drained well and sufficiently dried out on paper towels or else they might pop out in the oven.

Should chickpeas be boiled before roasting?

Either you may use canned chickpeas or soak them for 10-12 hrs before using. The soaking helps them expand and they will not be raw when roasted.

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Indian Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Indian Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

These crunchy chickpeas are highly addictive and a healthy treat that our whole family enjoys, especially our eight year old daughters. This is a great high protein snack to take anywhere!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, or canned, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of chili pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse and then dry the chickpeas with a paper towel.
  3. Add the chickpeas to the baking sheet, and then roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Prepare your dry spice mix: In a small bowl stir together the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, garam masala, black pepper, chili pepper, and salt. Then set aside.
  5. After the chickpeas have roasted for 30 minutes, remove them from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  6. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and add the olive oil, lemon juice, and maple syrup.
  7. Gently mix everything together, being careful not to break up the chickpeas.
  8. Add in the dry spice blend to the bowl, then gently mix again making sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  9. Place the chickpeas back on to the baking sheet (making sure the chickpeas are in a single layer) and roast for 30 minutes at the pre-heated 350 degrees.
  10. Once they have roasted, check for crunchiness. If the chickpeas are still slightly mealy in the middle, turn off the oven and let chickpeas sit in the oven for 10-20 mins (don’t forget to turn off the oven).

Notes

  • Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this guarantee they come out crunchy. 
  • If the chickpeas are still slightly mealy in the middle, turn off the oven and let chickpeas sit in the oven for 10-20 minutes.
  • Once completely cooled, these little guys can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
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