I first came across a recipe for roasted garbanzos in Mark Bittman’s cookbook How to Cook Everything. I recently came across a great blog (thegreekvegan.com) that had another version of the snack and I had to make them. I’ve recently made crackers and pizza with garbanzo flour, so I thought it would be nice to use the whole bean.
This is the first time I have made this snack, but it seems to me that you can change up the spices and the ingredients to your taste very easily. I added a few ingredients I had to the mix and it turned out well.
2 cans (29 ounce) garbanzos (chickpeas), well-drained
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
1 cup roasted salted pistachios
1/2 lemon, juiced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl large enough to hold the garbanzos, add the olive oil and the spices.
Whisk the oil and spices and add the well-drained garbanzos and stir them to coat them with the oil and spices.
Line a large baking sheet with foil and add half of the prepared garbanzos in a single layer. Make sure to spread them out evenly so they are not crowded and place them in the oven.
After about 15 minutes, stir the garbanzos so they bake evenly all around. Check at 35 minutes to see if they are almost crunchy. You might have to keep them in the oven for another 10 minutes depending on how crunchy you like them. When they are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.
Place in another bowl. You can enjoy them at this point or you can mix in the golden raisins, dried apricots and pistachios. Add the lemon right before you are serving them and stir.
As I mentioned above, you can use the basic roasting recipe and change things up experimenting with other spices. I will probably try this with a Mexican spice blend along with some toasted pepitas and some dried apricots or raisins.