Chickpea is one of the earliest cultivated legumes. Chickpeas originated in Persia and were a staple of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Portuguese and Spanish explorers brought chickpeas to the subtropical regions during the 16th Century. They are very high in dietary fibre and a healthy source of carbohydrate for diabetics. They are also a good source of protein and minerals.
Now, for a recipe.
Maple and cider vinegar roasted chickpeas
Boiled (and drained) chickpeas: 250 gm
(130-140 gm of dried chickpeas would weigh approximately 250 gm after boiling)
Maple syrup: 1 tbsp
Olive oil: 1 tsp
Apple cider vinegar: 1 tbsp
Demerara sugar: 5 gm
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper to taste
Paprika powder: half tsp
Ginger powder: half tsp
Method: Preheat the oven to 170 degree C. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until the chickpeas are evenly coated. Spread the chickpea mix in one layer on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring gently every 3-4 minutes to ensure even roasting. Watch the mixture closely towards end of the roasting time and stir more frequently to avoid burnt chickpeas.
This is an excellent snack on its own or it can be tossed into a salad to add some crunch.