Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

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Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}
Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted} is a delicious snack that is packed with the goodness of proteins and fiber!

Now, Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted} is redesigning the  SNACKS as guilt-free!

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}
Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

While growing up, we had several snacks made with dry beans and whole beans, which were primarily deep fried. I fondly remember the Chana -Dal Namkeen and Mung Dal Namkeen from my childhood. These were sold deep fried and tossed with good amount of salt and spices.

Anybody remembers Dal-Beeji? It is another snack mix made with Deep fried Whole Masoor (Whole Lentils) and Sev and very famous in my part of the world.

As the time lapsed, the generations grew more aware of the saturated fats and cholesterol and these deep fried versions started taking back seat in most of the metropolitan cities. We saw a major rise in the opening of Health Stores that specialized in healthy and non deep fried snacks only.

Most of the grains became available dry air puffed like pop corns. Popped millets and wheat berries became very popular.

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}
Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

Lately, there has been a trend of oven roasted CHICKPEAS, everywhere…be it Instagram, or Pinterest, or Yummly, or Facebook and all over the food related social media.

To do an oven roasted chickpeas post was on my mind for sometime. Honestly, I had planned to make Oven Roasted Chickpeas with Barbeque flavors. Then I changed my mind and made these chickpeas with the flavors that I am most comfortable with, and that of course is Indian Flavors of cumin, red chili, garam masala and more. Sounds appetizing?

These have become the most aweosme snack that I have ever worked on so far, well next to my Kala Chaa Jor Garam , which is trending the Google since I have published it! 😀

Amit finished 1/3rd of these while cooling down. I had to warn him – No More!! Leave some for me to shoot. Sigh!! He had finished more till then!! I was left with very little to shoot with.

But the flip side of which is – They taste so awesome, that you just can’t stop stuffing yourself up!! 😉

Moreover, this recipe is appearing at the right time, since we are moving closer to the festival season in India and holiday season in USA.

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted} make a superb snack for you, just like that. These work as an awesome topper for your salads. Serve these for your game night crowd, an evening with friends over drinks. Pop these in mouth with some golden Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Chai . Or make a chaat out of these with some onions, Corinader leaves, lemon juice and Green chili.

Some other holiday appropriate snacks from my blog are – Kaju Masala , Almonds & Pecans roasted with Honey-Chili-Lemon , Masala Makhana , Minty Peanuts and many more.

Here is how I made these super easy and delicious recipe.

Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}
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Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}

Oven roasted crispy chickpeas tossed in Indian Spice mix and roasted till crispy.
Course snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Author Sonal Gupta @ simplyvegetarian777


  • Chickpeas - 2 cans of 15 oz each 425 gms each
  • Olive Oil - 1&1/2 tbsp


  • Salt - 1 tsp or to taste
  • Red chili powder / Paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin powder dry roasted - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
  • Dry Mango powder / Amchur / Khatai - 1/2 tsp


  • Take out the chickpeas from the cans and place them in a sieve/strainer.
  • Wash it under the running water to wash off any preservatives or extra salt.
  • Take 2 clean dish towels. Spread 1 on the counter.
  • Place the drained and washed chickpeas on the towel.
  • Place 2nd towel on top and rub the chickpeas in the middle gently.
  • Alternatively, you can leave the chickpeas to air dry on couple of layers of paper towels, for an hour or 2.

The point is to make the chickpeas really dry.

  • When the chickpeas are dry, Pre heat the oven at 400*F / 205*C.
  • Line the baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Take a bowl and add olive oil & salt to it.
  • Add the chickpeas and toss nicely in the oil & salt.
  • Spread it evenly in the baking tray over the parchment paper.
  • Set the rack in the oven towards the middle of the oven.
  • Oven roast the chickpeas for about 50-60 minutes. This long roasting is required to make sure that the chickpeas are roasted till the center, or else they will be crispy from outside and soft from inside.

Meanwhile, take a small bowl and mix all the spices as mentioned above and set aside.

  • After 1 hr, switch off the oven. Take the baking sheet out. Sprinkle the prepared spice mix on top of the roasted chickpeas. Take a spoon and coat them well.
  • Now IMPORTANT STEP - Place this baking sheet back in the still very hot oven. Leave the door of the oven slightly open and let these chickpeas sit in the open oven till oven cools down a bit, say for another 10 minutes.
  • It is best served when still warm.


  • The quantity is so small that there might be no leftovers.
  • I would recommend to make smaller quantities as these are not great for storing since they shrink and become kind of chewy the next day.
  • This makes an excellent guilt free snack.


The oil is important to make them crispy, so do not go low on oil. The spice levels can be adjusted to personal preference. If you are using dry chickpeas, then wash and soak these overnight or for 10 hrs before using. Then proceed as mentioned above.


The recipe might seem to have taken a lot of time, but it is an effortless recipe and a must try, especially for those health freaks. Do try this recipe this holiday season and otherwise this year. They are perfect for Diwali snacks, Holi snacks, Thanksgiving snacks, Christmas time snacks and Fall Snack ideas.

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Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}
Chickpeas Masala {Spicy & Crispy + Oven Roasted}


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  1. Hello Sonal,

    I remember everything from Bhujiya Sev to Moong Daal Beeji. I still do have a little of that from time to time. I agree the world is saturated with healthy eating. I have continued thinking my mothers balanced diet was the best. I am glad you mentioned the channa Jhor garam, because we call it boot tala. Its so tasty I still remember it as a evening snack. This looks equally interesting. I should park it to cook it on some winter evening with chai!

  2. What a brilliant idea for a Diwali snack. Guilt free and lipsmacking good. I admire every single time how creative you get with simple ingredients. Yummy.