Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Smoked Paprika Chickpea Snack






I am used to Italian cats eating almost anything, but New Zealand cats seem to be fussier, so I was very surprised when Marameo jumped on the bench to grab the cooked chickpeas that I was rinsing. I had to give her some, she could not wait, and ate them all. I gave them seconds and then she stopped bothering me. Strange cat! 

With my remaining chickpeas, I wanted to make a spicy snack for this event,
 promoted by blogger Araba Felice in Cucina.
I had to chose among one of her wonderful recipes, and make it at home (variations allowed), and I have been thinking of trying this one for a while now.






Smoked Paprika Chickpea Snack




The original recipe calls for:
400 g can of chickpeas,
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp sweet paprika, or your favourite spice (in my variation I used smoked paprika instead)
1 tsp salt, about
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
I also added a few cumin seeds.




Rinse and pat dry the chickpeas, and mix with the other dried ingredients until the chickpeas are nicely coated. At this point I left the chickpeas in the bowl for about 30 minutes so that the flour and spices could really get 'caked' around each chickpea.


Pour the olive oil on a baking tray (no baking paper), add the chickpeas and roll them around so that they are not one on top of the other. Bake at 200°C, rolling them on the tray again from time to time to make sure that they get crispy all over. The original recipe says 30 minutes, but my canned chickpeas were quite small, I though, so 20 minutes were sufficient. Serve as a snack, warm or even cold (I think that they will go well with beer so I will make them again when my husband is back!)



But this time I just put them on the table for dinner (we didn't have time for a pre-dinner drinks, I rarely do during the week anyway, and without the husband organizing the drinks) so the chickpeas became 'part' of the meal, which was Indian: basmati rice with silver beet panir and flat bread, and mango lassi to drink. We ate the warm chickpeas with our fingers, but we also put them on our rice with the curry, and they were great! Thank you Araba Felice :-)



Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

27 comments:

  1. questi mi piacciono molto, li ho fatti senza postarli, e devo dire che sono uno snack sfizioso, veloce e buono, un abbraccio

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  2. Aww she's such an adorable kitty but yes what an unusual thing for a cat to eat! My first cat was very fussy but my second one was a good eater :)

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  3. Che forte questa ricetta!Adoro i ceci quindi la devo provare anche io! Grazie per esserci sempre, sei speciale e benchè tu sia così lontana io ti sento davvero molto ma molto vicina. Ti mando un grosso bacio ed un abbraccione. A presto amica mia

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  4. Ciao Ambra e grazie per aver trovato il tempo per passare da me.

    Su con la vita dai!!!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  5. Ottimi!!! Li proverò di certo!
    Un abbraccio Ale :)

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  6. Quanto tempo che medito di fare i ceci snack...oramai a settembre, quando riaccenderò il forno!;)So tasty!

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  7. Roasted chickpeas are good aren't they. We had a dog who came running for her share whenever she smelt broad beans being podded.

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  8. Hey nice recipe, thanks for sharing it, hope to see more...
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  9. looks so yummy!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Gosh, that's bizarre! Cats and chickpeas indeed!
    I know of a gardener whose cat eats tomatoes out of her garden :-)

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  11. I Love chickpeas and they are always great no matter how you prepare it. Thanks for another new recipe to my collection :)

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  12. Nice recipe..smoked chickpeas sounds fantastic.

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  13. mmmm che cosina sfiziosa, devo provarla!
    (ma quel pelosino nero in prima foto? delizioso!^^)

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  14. Favolosissimi! :) Adoro le ricette della nostra araba felice ;) E tu l'hai interpretata benissimo

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  15. Grazie, Ale!! Anche di aver postato il micio...sai com'è, il mio disdegnava il prosciutto, figurati se gli davo un cece...

    In bocca al lupo :-)

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  16. thsee look lovely and very appetizing. cute kitty

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  17. la tua variazione della ricetta di Araba Felice è molto interessante, i ceci in scatola però non li uso mai. avevo pensato di partecipare al Contest ma poi vedo ricette di vere e proprie cuoche e mi scoraggio...meglio che ognuno faccia il suo, quindi, come sempre, ovviamente tifo per te ^^
    PS: il mio gatto si chiama Mamao, quasi come il tuo, e nonostante sia italiano ha sempre fame.....
    un abbraccio :)
    Bibi

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  18. B. io li uso perche' quelli secchi qui sono importati e alla dogana subiscono un trattamento fumigante contro i parassiti e sono trattati ad alte temperature per non farli germinare... insomma, ti puoi immaginare! Quelli in scatola vengono dall'Italia, solitamente, e sono la mia unica alternativa.

    Grazie per il tifo, e non credere che bisogna essere una gran cuoca per rifare una ricetta, io mica partecipo per vincere, ma per esserci :-)!

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  19. I love roasted chickepeas or chickpeas in all form.

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  20. Alejandra this recipe is delicious I love pleasing to the palate, big hugs.

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  21. Alessandra this is a nice recipe,I love chickpeas, gloria

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  22. What a cute cat...we just roasted some chickpeas the other day for the first time. xoxo

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  23. Your chickpeas looks great! I would have to give this a try!
    Your little cat is very cute and smart too, she knows that chickpeas are good for her! :)

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  24. What a delicious sounding snack...will add these to the weekend list!

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  25. These sound delicious, Alessandra! I would add a little chili heat as well. And my kitty likes chickpeas, too. Yours is so cute!

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