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Our South Indian recipes

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Neeru Ravi

Ok so this isn't a traditionally South Indian dish, but it reminds us of one we love - uppu cheedai.

Uppu cheedai are savoury balls of dough made from rice flour and spices, hand-rolled rolled into tiny spheres and fried to a delicate crispness. They're traditionally made for the religious festivals, and home-made only on special occasions as they're pretty time-consuming and tricky to make!

Taking a bit of creating license, we've come up with a super quick and much healthier alternative -  we've taken some classic South Indian spices and smothered them over nutty chickpeas and oven roasted them to perfect crispness. Still a crunchy, savoury, spicy snack but protein rich, low-fat and healthy. 

These crisp chickpeas are super scattered over salads, soups and stews and also munched on by the handful. It's also a quirky alternative to popcorn, crisps, croutons or the like. 

We used canned chickpeas which makes this recipe super quick and easy. So give it a go and tell us what you think!

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Ingredients :

  • 2 cans Chickpeas
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp Chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • ¼ tsp Salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas
  3. Pat dry with kitchen roll or a tea towel-try and remove as much moisture as you can
  4. Spread into a single layer on an baking sheet
  5. Drizzle over the olive oil and spices
  6. Toss and mix
  7. Bake for 20 mins or until crisp. Careful though, they can catch easily so keep a close eye on them!