Exam time has started and the pressure on the kids makes them binge on fried delights more often. At these times it becomes our responsibility to make sure that the kids eat proper diet and eat healthy snacks at regular intervals. These baked chick peas is one such healthy snack that the kids would love to munch on. My Grandmom and mom roasted them over the stove top but ever since I got the oven I have been roasting the chick peas in the oven only. It consumes very less oil and makes an absolutely guilt free snack.
Baked Chick Peas / Baked Garbanzo Beans
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Chick peas / Garbanzo beans (Dry) – 1 cup
Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp
Oregano / mixed herbs – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1/2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Oil – 3 tbsp
Soak the chick peas over night in enough water. Pressure cook with salt till they are soft when pressed between the fingers. In case you are able to get canned chick peas you can skip this step.
In a wide bowl whisk together all the other ingredients till smooth. Add the cooked chick peas and mix well. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 220 Degrees C. I used the tray that I used for my Pizza. If you don’t happen to have one arrange the marinated beans on an aluminium foil. Bake for 1 hour. After 1/2 hour I opened the oven and shook the pan to help them bake evenly. Mine got done in 50 min flat.
Don’t bake them longer as the beans will become hard on cooling back to room temperature. Store in a tight container and enjoy this guilt free snack as you wish.