These roasted chick peas are the perfect opportunity to show off my beautiful new spice rack from John Lewis, so before we get down to the recipe LOOK:
Is that not the most swanky spice rack you’ve ever seen? I was so excited when John Lewis told me they were sending me this, it’s a complete bargain. The 20 glass jars come pre filled with pretty much every spice a cook needs to get started. If you bought the spices at the supermarket you’d have spent almost £40 and you’d be left with some kind of sadistic cupboard treasure hunt each time you needed the cayenne – much like ours used to be. The rotating base makes it so easy to find what you need and packs a lot of ingredients in to a small space.
I’d be made up if I received this as a gift, it’s the perfect kit for a new home. My Dad liked it so much he tried to buy it off me the second he saw it! As you’d expect from John Lewis, it’s really good quality and built to last. There’s plenty more spice racks to choose from if you’re in the market for a new one. Anyway, I best get on with it…
For a bowl of this delicious crunchy goodness in a barbecue spice mix, you’ll need:
400g tin of chickpeas (about 200g drained)
1/4tsp Dried garlic
1/4 tsp Onion salt
1/4tsp Smoked Paprika
1/4tsp Caster sugar
A pinch of cumin
A pinch of cayenne
If barbecue isn’t your “thang” there are plenty of other flavour ideas at the bottom of this post, you’ll find them in the experiment section as always.
First of all, preheat your oven to 175 degrees C. Now drain your chick peas. They’re always in super starchy water so make sure you give them a good rinse before patting them dry with some kitchen paper or a tea towel.
Now it’s spice time. Spin your swanky new spice rack an unnecessary number of times (just me?), add your spices to a bowl and toss your chickpeas in them and spread on a baking tray. As always, I have my trusty non stick sheet underneath, but you can use greaseproof paper instead.
Pop them in the oven for about 15mins then give them a jumble around. After another 15mins in the oven they should be ready. Check one as you take them out, they should be crisp on the outside but don’t worry if they aren’t super crunchy yet, they will be once they’ve cooled.
Let’s face it, two of you are probably going to eat them all in one sitting, but don’t feel guilty – there are only 204 calories in the entire batch and 19grams of protein. If by some miracle these don’t disappear in the same day they’ll happily keep in an air tight container for a week.