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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas – Crispy Masala Chole in Air Fryer or Oven

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Garam Masala seasoning ! It is the Best healthy, vegan and gluten free snack ever !

Learn how to make this healthy crispy chickpea snack in this detailed post. This easy recipe includes oven roasting as well as air fryer option to make spicy roasted chickpeas.

This unbelievably delicious and downright addictive snack is easy to customize to your taste. So get ready for guilt free snacking!

Roasted Chickpeas in a glass container and in a bowl. Image has a text overlay.

Recipe Inspiration

Crispy Masala Chickpeas are one of my family’s favorite healthy snacks. My mom used to make it for us sisters and I make them for my kids.. we LOVE it.

Street food vendors sell these freshly made roasted chickpeas in paper cones. They are called Dry Chole. Full of earthy, spicy flavors and oh so delicious!

Healthy Snack

I always have a jar full of these healthy munchies along with Rice Krispies Chivada and Pumpkin Seeds Trail Mix. It is my favorite tea time snack along with Masala Chai.

Dry roasted and seasoned garbanzo beans served in a paper cone just like street food vendors do in India.

Are crispy chickpeas Healthy?

Chickpeas are a staple diet for vegan foodies. They are high in fiber, high in protein, and low in fat, which makes them the perfect guilt-free energy boosting addition in your staple diet !

Chickpeas are full of plant protein. They are excellent options for meatless protein rich snacks that also keeps you satiated longer.

Once you learn how to make perfectly crispy chickpeas,  you can explore and get creative. So keep this easy “how-to guide” for roasted chickpeas handy.

A small serving bowl full of garam masala seasoned dry chole.

Are roasted Chickpeas keto / low carb ?

No. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans do not fit under Keto / Low carb diet. Even though they are excellent source of protein and fiber, they are full of carbs.

Can roasted chickpeas be stored ?

I prefer to use these crispy roasted chickpeas freshly made. You can however make a big batch and store them. Make sure they are completely cooled down before storing them in air tight container. They can easily last up to 2 weeks. No refrigeration needed.

Should I remove the skin of chickpeas before roasting?

It is a personal preference. Removing skins helps in drying the chickpeas quicker since there is no moisture trapped inside. Also sometimes, the bits and pieces of skin burns off which is not pleasant to taste.

A hand holding chickpea skins along with a colander full of canned chickpeas.

Can I make Spicy Roasted Chickpeas oil free ?

Yes. Adding a splash of oil helps with retaining the moisture and not turning them super dry. However, if you are following Whole Foods Plant Based ( WFPB) – no oil diet, you can skip adding oil.

Zaatar Seasoning – Middle Eastern Chickpea recipe

Chickpeas are also staple in Middle Eastern Diet. We love Homemade Creamy Hummus so very much! Besides the suggested flavorings, try Zaatar Seasoning to season this recipe. You will love the earthy delicious flavors.

Can I use dry chickpeas ?

Yes. Soak the dry chickpeas / garbanzo beans in ample water overnight. Next day rinse and drain all the water. Dry the soaked beans fully. Use same temperature to roast / air fry them. It will need about 10 minute extra time compared to canned ones.

A tall glass jar full of crispy snack.

PRO TIPS :

  1. To reduce the cooking time, make sure to dry the chickpeas thoroughly.
  2. Add the seasoning right after roasting is done. Spices and seasonings burn quickly and taste bitter. So, do not roast with them.
  3. Do not over crowd the chickpeas on the air fryer basket or baking sheet. Allow some space for steam to escape.
  4. Check halfway through baking and shake the pan so they get evenly dry without burning.
  5. Air Fryer and Oven brands vary significantly. The exact cooking time also varies accordingly. So, do check the doneness of your chickpeas after 10-12 minutes.
  6. Over roasted chickpeas get super dry and hard on teeth to eat. Try to keep them crisp with little moist center for perfect texture.

Serving Suggestions

This protein packed snack is very versatile in its use. You can munch on it as a snack  or use it as salad topper.

Use it in Buddha bowls for delish crunch and filling protein. Use it in soups instead of croutons for healthy munch.

I often pack it in school lunches as a side dish. A book and bowl of these poppers are my favorite pastimes.

A bowl of crispy chickpea snack and a book to read along.

Ingredients:

Exact details of the ingredients are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s a quick recap.

  • Chickpeas : The star ingredient. You can use canned chickpeas for quick and easy recipe. Make sure to rise and drain them well. Dry them on paper towel or kitchen towel to save time on roasting.
  • Oil : Use cooking oil of your choice. Olive oil or avocado oil works best. I love using oil spray for easy spritz and even coating. Using oil spray also helps in reducing the calories since you use very little oil.
  • Salt : Sea salt, Pink salt , kosher salt or choose you favorite
  • Seasoning : I am using garam masala and smoked paprika powder ( or red chili powder ) to enhance the flavors of these crispy chickpeas. Chili lime seasoning is another family favorite. Feel free to experiment with different spices, seasonings and herbs.

Oil sprayed Garbanzo beans with red chili powder and garam masala containers.

Easy to Customize

It is easy to make this Spicy Roasted Chickpeas recipe the way you like it. Use simple or exotic spices and try new combinations of mixtures. It is fun to experiment.

You can make them bold and zesty or cool and crispy. Possibilities are endless but one thing for sure, it is an irresistible great snack for all ages.

Crispy Chickpeas Seasoning Options:

 Several different herbs, aromatics and seasonings taste just as delicious. Spicy, sweet, savory or tangy ? Which is your favorite? Do try them all. Let us know which one you like the most in the comments.

  • ranch dressing  
  • turmeric and curry powder with lime/ lemon juice drizzle.
  • parmesan cheese and Italian herbs
  • Sugar, Cinnamon and ginger powder
  • Kabab Masala
  • maple syrup and cayenne pepper
  • Taco seasoning

A close up of dry roasted and garam masala seasoned chickpeas showing crisp texture.

How To Make Roasted Chickpeas in Air Fryer or Oven?

  1. Drain the can of chickpeas in the colander. Rinse them well under running water.  Arrange them on kitchen towel or thick paper towels and allow to dry completely.
  2. You can also remove the skin if you prefer. It helps getting them crisp quicker.
  3. Spread the dried chickpeas onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt. Stir to evenly coat. Make sure they are not overcrowd on the sheet.
  4. Bake (375 F ) or Air Fry (350 F) for 12-15 minutes. Check the doneness after about 10 minutes.
  5. The chickpeas are done when golden brown in color and crispy crunchy on the outside.
  6. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle the spices / herbs / seasoning over the warm roasted chickpeas and stir to coat. Enjoy !

Process step collage showing steps involved in making this guilt free snack recipe in the air fryer or the oven.

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A small serving bowl full of garam masala seasoned dry chole.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas - Crispy Masala Chole

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Roasted Chickpeas is addictive, delicious and healthy snack. Learn to make delightfully crispy chickpeas using air fryer or oven. You will love this detailed recipe to make plant protein rich easy snack at home.

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas ( total 30 ounce - 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or use oil spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt - I used Himalayan Pink Salt

Optional Seasoning

Useful Kitchen Items

Instructions

Prepare The Chickpeas :

Put the canned chickpeas in the colander and rinse well under running water. Thoroughly drain them. Spread them either on a paper towel or kitchen towel and allow to pat dry as much as possible.

Air Fryer Instructions :

Place chickpeas in an Air Fryer basket. Set temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and timer to 15 minutes.

After 5 minutes, open the basket and spray chickpeas with salt and oil and shake the basket. Close and continue air frying.

Around 15 minutes, chickpeas are done. Remove them from the air fryer basket and place in a bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning and some oil spray on the chickpeas and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy.

Oven Instructions :

Pre heat the oven at 375 F.

Place the chickpeas in a large baking sheet. Spray some salt and cooking oil. Arrange them in a single layer. Do not over crowd them.

Put the baking sheet in the oven middle rack for 15 minutes. Check after 8-10 minutes and gently toss them a bit for even roasting. 

Around 15 minutes they should be golden brown and crispy. Check the doneness and remove the sheet from the oven.

Sprinkle the seasoning and salt and some oil spray. Toss it well so it coats evenly. Enjoy !

Let it cool completely. Store in air tight container.

Notes

Air fryer and oven tempratures vary amongst different brands. So adjust the cooking time accrodingly.

Can I use dry chickpeas ?

Yes. Soak the dry chickpeas / garbanzo beans in ample water overnight. Next day rinse and drain all the water. Dry the soaked beans fully. Use same temperature to roast / air fry them. It will need about 10 minute extra time compared to canned ones.

Pro Tips

  1. To reduce the cooking time, make sure to dry the chickpeas thoroughly.
  2. Add the seasoning right after roasting is done. Spices and seasonings burn quickly and taste bitter. So, do not roast with them.
  3. Do not over crowd the chickpeas on the air fryer basket or baking sheet. Allow some space for steam to escape.
  4. Check halfway through baking and shake the pan so they get evenly dry without burning.
  5. Air Fryer and Oven brands vary significantly. The exact cooking time also varies accordingly. So, do check the doneness of your chickpeas after 10 minutes.
  6. Over roasted chickpeas get super dry and hard on teeth to eat. Try to keep them crisp with little moist center for perfect texture.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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This recipe was originally published on June 22, 2018. It has been revised on February 10, 2021 with process step photos, air fryer instructions and FAQ s.

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