Crunchy Garam Masala Chickpeas

Do you get a major afternoon snack craving?  I definitely do.  I’m not sure if it’s a Pavlovian reflex or if it’s my body’s clock, but within 30 minutes of the afternoon school bell ringing, I feel like I need a snack.  And, let me tell you, if I don’t have a healthy snack handy, I will go in search of junk food.  Junk food I don’t need.  Junk food none of us really need.  (Well, not on a daily basis, at least.  We all have those days.)  Luckily, a major upside of not really being able to go out for lunch or anything during the work day means I’ll eat healthy if all I bring from home is healthy food.  And will I be glad to bring these.

I’ve only had a snack like this once before, when one of my coworkers had something similar and shared with me.  They were great.  For some reason, though, I didn’t go in search of a recipe.  Good thing this recipe found me.  These couldn’t be easier to make.  And, as the recipe reviewer in Clean Eating said, you really won’t get too tired of them because you can use any spices you’d like.  I think my next batch might be salt only, but I can’t wait to experiment with a little cinnamon, cardamom, and sweeter spices.

crunchy garam masala chickpeas

Crunchy Garam Masala Chickpeas

from Clean Eating, April/May 2012


3 c. cooked chickpeas OR 

2 (15-oz.) cans unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 TBSP olive oil

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. garam masala


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  

2.  In a medium bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil.  Spread chickpeas evenly over a baking sheet and bake until, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until very crisp, about 45 minutes.

3.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and garam masala.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Keeps up to one week in an airtight container.

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  1. That Girl
    April 4, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks I can bring for lunch.

  2. A Reluctant Foodie
    April 4, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    I really do love the Indian spices so this is very appealing to me. We use chickpeas in a lot of our Meatless Monday meals and they are a huge favorite of mine. Thanks for posting this!

  3. elly
    April 5, 2012 / 3:31 am

    I just made roasted chickpeas for the first time a couple weekends ago, using zaatar seasoning. I really liked them, which is great since I'm not a huge chickpea fan. 🙂 This version looks delicious!

  4. Kelsey
    April 5, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    Elly-great idea! I love zahtar and happen to have some at home. I know what I'll be doing with my next batch!

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