Thursday, February 23, 2006

All Chickpeas, All the Time

If your math's good, you will have noticed that there were still about 2 cups of unused chickpeas still left from the original 4+ cups that I had to Do Something with after I used 2 cups for the Guyanese Channa I wrote about yesterday. If it's not then you, like me, were strongly encouraged to take a remedial math class before taking any required math courses in college.

Ah well. Now that I knit, I'm learning all the math I never learned in school. Who knew?

Where was I? Oh yeah, the chickpeas.
Because I had such a plethora (god, I Iove that word) of chickpeas, I didn't want to make yet another main dish. My chickpea tolerance is actually fairly low and I've only recently developed enough of a taste for them to be able to eat them in their whole form instead of disguised as hummus or felafal. I was looking for something different--something light, which is oddly oxymoronic for chickpeas, I think most people would agree.

Since I didn't really know what I wanted, I decided to surf online rather than going through my cookbooks. I went to, a good resource when I have an ingredient in mind and I'm looking for new ideas of what to do with it. I searched through the chickpea recipes and found this recipe for Roasted Chickpeas.

I have to admit right off the bat that I played with the spices. I added chili powder and I think it was a good addition.

The only thing I didn't do right is that I didn't cook it quite long enough. I had trouble keeping my oven at 450 deg. As a result, most of the chickpeas didn't dry out completely so they're a little chewy.

Even so, they came out really tasty. I plan to make these often--they make a great grab-by-the-handsful snack. And healthy too! And it tastefully (tee-hee) solves the problem of what to do with the rest of the chickpeas whenever I cook them up.

1 comment:

Bonne Marie said...

That looks so yummy! I love learning something new and delicious that could it be HEALTHY! BONUS :)

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