I love roasted peanuts, and could eat them in mountain-high piles; however, their ridiculous fat content and way too much salt means that I don’t eat them as often as I might like. These spicy chick-peas are the perfect alternative, with a delicious crunch, spicy taste, and virtually no fat, making them a really healthy snack.
The recipe comes from the fabulously named Tiny Rotten Peanuts and I have not changed anything other than slightly amending the quantity of spices and “frying” mine in our Actifry. If you like the taste that roasted or fried foods have, but don’t really like the additional fat content that invariably goes with it, I can’t recommend an Actifry strongly enough, as you literally only use one tablespoon of oil.
You could also play around with the spices and adjust them to your own personal tastes; the measurements below were enough for me to make two batches of chick peas, but you might want to use less or more each time.
If you’d like more information on why chick peas are so good for you, check out this useful information from Dietitian Without Borders.
- 450g cooked chickpeas (you can use dried and cook them, or canned)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
If using dried chick-peas, follow the manufacturer's recommendations (ours required an eight-hour soak, and then needed cooking for one hour). If using canned, drain and dry off the excess liquid.
Prepare the spicy coating by mixing all of the dry ingredients above. Take away half and store for use another day, and add two tablespoons of oil to the remaining spices and mix. Throw in the prepared chick-peas and toss them until they all have a good covering.
Place in the Actifry and cook for around 30-45, or if roasting, follow Tiny Rotten Peanuts' instructions and cook in an oven tray for 45-50 minutes. In both instances, they should be cooked until they are very crunchy and deliciously golden brown in colour.
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