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When Snack Time Calls

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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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42 thoughts on “When Snack Time Calls

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  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.

  13. 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)

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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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