3/18/09

can't-stop-eating moroccan roasted chickpeas

can't-stop-eating-curry chickpeas

I love experimenting with spices, don't you? Can I just say while these chickpeas were roasting, the smell in the house was wonderful. It brought me back to those many days of summer I would spend living with my friend, who lived on st. marks street (8th street) of nyc. During my many walks up and down st. marks street, in the hot thick air of summer I would always smell curry, coming from any random walkout or open basement door. I love all the random food smells on any given sidewalk in the city. It was wonderful and comforting at the same time, even though the temperature in the summertime in the middle of the city would be close to 90 degrees. That smell of curry would just make me forget how hot and humid it really was. Even as a kid I've always loved the smell of curry, and I love the taste of it too. I never had a problem eating hot curry in the hot days of summer--oh that taste was so worth the burn. The original recipe of these Moroccan chickpeas does not call for curry, but when I taste-tested the spice mix it was begging for a pinch of curry to be put in. And it made a world of difference. For those of you that like spices you might like these. I love plain roasted chickpeas too, have made them with a bit of salt & pepper and some olive oil and a pinch of sugar, but never made them this way. Make sure to see my changes in parenthesis; you may or may not want to do what I did, since I don't know what level of "spice-love" you have.

moroccan roasted chickpeas
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1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 TB olive oil
½ ts Moroccan Spice Mix (I used one and a half teaspoons (ts) of this)
salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp sea salt)

Moroccan Spice Mix:
2 ts ground cumin
1 ts ground coriander
1/2 ts chile powder (did not use this, didn’t have any)
1/2 ts sweet paprika
1/2 ts ground cinnamon
1/4 ts ground allspice
1/4 ts ground ginger powder
1/8 ts cayenne pepper (I used ½ ts)
a pinch ground cloves
1/2 ts sugar (I used 1 ts)
1 ts curry powder (this is my own addition)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drain the chickpeas into a colander and rinse well with cold water until no more foam appears. Let beans drain for 5-10 minutes, then pat dry with a cloth or paper towel if they still look wet.
While the chickpeas drain, make the spice mix. (store leftover spice mix in an airtight container for other uses.)
When the chickpeas are well-drained and dry, toss them together with the olive oil, spice mix, and salt. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet.
Roast 40-50 minutes, (my chickpeas were done in 40 minutes) or until they are slightly browned and make a rattling sound when you shake the baking sheet. Serve warm or cool.

57 comments:

  1. mmmm. moroccan roast anything makes me happy :) these look lovely!

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  2. I'm flying you to my home. You're going to make those chickpeas. I'll make you blondies. Done deal.

    :-D

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  3. I love roasted chickpeas! There are so many ways to dress them up. I will have to try the moroccan spices next time!

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  4. I keep meaning to make roasted chick peas. These look great!

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  5. I bet you know how much I love chickpeas (buff chickpea), so these are next on my list to make. I've only ever had plain roasted ones, but the smell you described here is something I can't walk away from. Thanks Dawn!

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  6. I have just discovered roasted chickpeas - so far I've only made them with salt and pepper, I definitely need to try your spice blend.

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  7. I've only made curried roasted chickpeas.... I can't wait to try your Moroccan version!

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  8. These look wonderful! I have some pre-mixed Moroccan spice that I sound try with a bit of curry.

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  9. The roasted chickpeas look very good and what a great spice mix to use! Delicious!

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  10. Oooh, these look so good. I have a high tolerance for spice so I would be gobbling these up!

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  11. Oh yum Dawn. I love chickpeas but never thought to roast them. They look so addictive.

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  12. I love curry too! sounds fabulous! smoky and crunchy....mmm!
    btw, do you actually really have ALL THAT spices in your pantry?

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  13. i've been meaning to try these!!!

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  14. So, do you snack on these and eat with your fingers? I'm intrueged. And the photo is awesome!!

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  15. Oh yummy. I like Moroccan anything & these are fab! I'm almost reaching out for the bowl you've posted!

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  16. you have added to my already over long to do list....these look very tasty...

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  17. i don't think i have ever been to your site before...i'm glad i found it! your pictures are fantastic!
    diana

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  18. Perfect! I love love love roasted chickpeas--your spice mixture is wonderful. I can almost smell them!

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  19. I love making these! So great as a cocktail party snack!

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  20. Chickpeas and Moroccan spice = double yum effect! They look really good!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  21. We've been snacking on these for a while, but always with the same boring and short list of spices. But YOU have the most going on here, and it sounds good. We're going to try moving out of the savory and into the sweeter/spicier side now!

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  22. These look so tasty and I have never had chickpeas before. I should just buy some and give it a go-

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  23. You totally surprised me with this recipe!

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  24. No promises because I do not actually cook unless someone is threatening me, but I might try these. They look delicious.

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  25. I made some roasted chickpeas once and fell in love - yours sound even better!

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  26. That spice mix is off the charts. I will be trying these-they look fantabulous!

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  27. Wow, those look good! I've made spiced chickpeas before, but they weren't roasted. I'm intrigued.

    Kristina
    Sweetfern Handmade

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  28. Those look so good. I've seen a number of people blog different flavors of roasted chickpeas and I want to try them! Gonna have to!

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  29. Love. Roasted. Chick. Peas! Your spice mix sounds awesome! LOVE it! I'm getting caught up on your blog and I've got to say that both your savory and sweet items are some of the best I've seen. Total YUM!

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  30. I am a huge fan of roasted chickpeas! This spice combo sounds PERFECT...and your muffins from the last post- don't get me started.

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  31. Oh, Dawn, these chickpeas look fabulous! I love curry, too. Spices in general are so fabulous. The other night at this restaurant in San Fran, I had chick pea fries with curry spice on them. Totally fabulous. I can't wait to try your recipe!

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  32. You are making me miss NYC so much. I am remembering the curry smells in the east village.... and now these chick peas - unbelievable! Something I will never find in MN. On my list. Thank-you!

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  33. We always have chickpeas in our pantry, but I've actually never rosated them before - these look amazing!

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  34. I would definitely love this! I love curry and need to start making more curry dishes for sure. Are these addictive? They sure look like they would be. Yum!

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  35. those look tasty! I am going to have to try this spice mix!

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  36. Dawn, I just love your version of roasted chickpeas!!! MMMMMMM.......Spice up my life!!

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  37. I have been addicted to these things ever since I made them. Love the curry too.

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  38. I'm a roasted chickpea lover but I always use cajun seasoning. Your moroccan spice mix sounds wonderful, I can't wait to try make these and sample them with an ice cold cocktail!

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  39. I too, love the smells of city cooking. I live right in the center of town and during the summer get all kinds of awesome aromas through my open windows.

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  40. I've been eating roasted chickpeas like crazy lately! These look beautiful.

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  41. i've always been interested in roasted chickpeas...these look like a fantastic snack...or on a salad, yum!

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  42. Your photos are awesome.

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  43. What a great mix of spices. I'm sure your kitchen smelled heavenly! Have seen several recipes for roasted chickpeas... am going to give them a try someday!

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  44. Oh man, are you serious? I was just going to post a roasted chickpea recipe! This look much better than the spiced ones I made, they weren't that good. But I made another, simpler flavor that was friggin awesome. Can't share yet though, top secret you know =)

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  45. i can eat handful upon handful of roasted chickpeas, and do, usually whilst perusing blogs. there're spice specks all over my keyboard to prove it. :)
    your spice mixture here is wonderful. bravo, dawn!

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  46. Oh wow, these look great. I love chickpeas too!

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  47. This looks so good. I'll have to try this recipe.

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  48. I have been wanting to try roasting chickpeas. They look really tasty!

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  49. These are soooo what I would eat! I love all kinds of roasted beans and these look fabulous!

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  50. Those chickpeas sound amazing!!!

    Cheers,
    Kristen

    PS... Found your blog through VeggieGirl's Blog :)

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  51. Love all these flavors. I am out of my chickpeas and need to roast some more. This recipe will come in handy. Love those coconut cookies too. You're killing me with all of these goodies. So if I roast chickpeas which are healthy does that mean I can have 5 or 10 cookies?

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  52. Reading the list of spices, I can imagine how intoxicating the aroma must have been. These must have been delish, just slightly warm.

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  53. I just recently blogged about roasted chickpeas. I love the Moroccan twist you gave yours. Bet this mix would be divine on chicken, too.

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  54. Wow! This looks so full of awesome! I'm making this tomorrow. Thanx!

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  55. Well I used your method but the spices from an Allrecipes post of a similar name (because I sadly don't have and haven't seen some of the spices you list at shops I frequent) and thank you, because the method turned out perfectly. Draining and drying thoroughly is definitely key. Also don't put them away in a container until they've cooled, or you'll risk losing the crunchy texture due to the contained heat/condensation. The hostess of the party liked them and said she would love them in salads which I think is a good idea. A very healthy and diabetic-suitable snack treat.

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  56. Kathleen T. Fontaine4/20/12, 11:39 AM

    I am going to have to make this ASAP! Had the best curry ever when I was living outside of London! The memory of it still makes my mouth water! Love roasted chickpeas with just some olive oil and salt....these Moroccan ones....can't wait! YUM!

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