3 Cool Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Chickpeas


Women's Health |

By Amy Rankin

Unlock the hidden potential of your tin

So you’re going through your cupboards looking for some foodie inspiration and you stumble upon a tin of chickpeas. This affordable pantry staple (great to add to curries, stews and soups) can be whipped up in several ways to make creative snacks.

Try these three ways to make chickpea snacks

1. Sriracha It

Drain two tins of chickpeas, spread on a foil-lined baking tray and toss with salt, a few squirts of Sriracha sauce and three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Bake at 200C for about 40 minutes (shaking pan in between), until golden and crispy.

2. Dip It

Drain chickpeas and place in a bowl with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 clove garlic (crushed), one teaspoon ground cumin, two tablespoons tahini paste, four tablespoons water, two tablespoons olive oil and one teaspoon paprika. Take a hand-held blender and blitz ingredients until well combined. Add more water if necessary. Stir in a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

3. Sweeten It

Drain and rinse one tin of chickpeas, bake for 35 to 45 minutes until crispy at 180C. Remove from oven and toss immediately with 2 tablespoons honey, half a teaspoon cinnamon, a tiny pinch nutmeg and a tiny pinch of salt. Enjoy as is, or place back in the oven for a further 5 to 10 minutes to caramelise.

Looking for more delicious ways to use chickpeas? Try this Thai coconut curry with chickpeas or make these chickpea flour cookie dough bites.

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