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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Roasted Chickpea Recipe A bold and crunchy snack that is waistline-friendly. Indian Roasted Chickpeas Are my new best friend as we close in on summer vacation.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Choosing Healthy Plant-Based Snacks

Swimsuit season is a very short but a fundamental part of our summers.

I have this habit of  “chubbying up” from October 31st through February 14th, only to have to work it off all spring.

What can I say, I love holiday foods with a passion.

That time of year, I’m on the hunt for light, protein-packed snacks that can satisfy a salty junk food craving. Yet those are hard to come by.

I find using exotic spice blends in healthy snack options, makes them much more intriguing.

Take chickpeas, for instance.

Sure they’re healthy, but they aren’t so great straight out of the can (or boiling water.)

Roasted Chickpeas

Homemade Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe for Healthy Snacking

However, Spicy Indian Roasted Chickpeas are an entirely different story.

Add a little curry powder and garam masala, then roast until crisp and you have just added serious wow-factor to plain-jane chickpeas.

Have you tried roasted chickpeas?

They’re like crunchy little Corn Nuts, but so much better for you.

You can pop them all through movie night without any guilt. They also make a great addition to lunch boxes, or to keep in the glove compartment for road trip snack-attacks.

Folks, Indian Roasted Chickpeas are my new favorite snack.

Garbanzo Beans

Indian Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

This particular “Indian” blend of spices really makes the roasted chickpeas sing with ferocious flavor.

I used J.R. Watkins spices in this recipe and noticed a significant difference in zesty appeal. J.R Watkins might be best known for its baking extracts, natural remedies, and personal care items, like baby oil and hand cream.

But don’t forget about the incredible line of natural spices they’ve been providing for over 100 years. J.R. Watkins spices have a high concentration of essential oil, meaning the flavors are intense.

Intense spices are a good thing.

Indian Cuisine

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Ingredients 

  • Canned Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
  • Olive Oil
  • J.R. Watkins Curry Powder
  • J.R. Watkins Garam Masala
  • J.R. Watkins Garlic Powder
  • J.R. Watkins White Pepper
  • Sea Salt

Chickpea Snack

Chickpea Snack Instructions

This recipe is very easy and it is as simple as these 6 steps! 

  1. Preheat the oven. 
  2. Rinse and dry the chickpeas.
  3. Spread them out on a baking sheet, toss in olive oil and the spice mixture.
  4. Bake in the oven. 
  5. Remove from the oven. 
  6. Snack on! 

Now go roast some Indian-spiced chickpeas… And while they’re baking why not buy yourself a new swimsuit online!

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Spicy Roasted Chickpeas.

Indian Chickpeas

Frequently asked questions 

What if my chickpeas come out of the oven soggy?

The step after rinsing is very important! You want to make sure that they are as dry as possible before putting on the seasonings and baking them. You might have to dry them a few times before they are ready to bake. 

Do I have to store them in the fridge? 

No, as long as the garbanzo beans are cooled down completely before storing, they can last in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. Although they never last that long in my house, because they get gobbled up!

It has been a week since roasting them and they lost their crunch, are they bad? 

No, it might be the humanity in your region. You can put them back in the oven for about 5 minutes at 400 degree F to get them crispy again!

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Spicy Indian Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
A bold and crunchy snack that is waistline-friendly. Indian Roasted Chickpeas!
Servings: 3 cups


  • 3 cups canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon J.R. Watkins Curry Powder
  • 1 teaspoon  J.R. Watkins Garam Masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon J.R. Watkins Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon J.R. Watkins White Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Rinse the chickpeas and dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Then remove any loose skins.
  • Pour the dried chickpeas out onto the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Shake the pan to coat the chickpeas in oil.
  • Sprinkle the curry powder, garam masala, garlic powder, white pepper and salt over the chickpeas and then shake the pan again to evenly distribute the spices.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then toss and mix the chickpeas and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. **If you want your chickpeas to be extra crunchy, turn the oven off and leave the chickpeas in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove and cool before eating. Store in an air-tight container.



Serving: 1cup, Calories: 361kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 400mg, Potassium: 477mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 4.9mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Author: Sommer Collier

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196 comments on “Spicy Roasted Chickpeas”

  1. Hi Sommer,

    Thank you very much for this delicious spicy roasted chickpeas recipe. I really like roasted chickpea. I’m crazy to eat them with roasted corn snacks and coke. Your recipe seems really awesome. I will try your recipe as soon as possible. I’m sure I will love it. I wish you the best of luck and every success in the future.

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  7. Can I use fresh chickpeas instead of canned ones? Do I need to soak them overnight? Thanks!

    • Hi Sahara,

      Whether you decide to soak them overnight or do the quick-soak method, they do need to be fully cooked before roasting. Usually cooking time on dried/soaked chickpeas is 2-3 hours.

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  9. I made these to snack on and they are so delicious! I will definitely make them again.

  10. Looks delicious, I know my family will go crazy for this!

  11. A great snack idea, thank you, appreciate the flavors, especially since chockpeas are otherwise pretty tasteless, at least to me!

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  13. Delicious crunchy morsels! I accidentally posted a comment under Krissy about the fun serving bowls. Did you order the bowls alone, or as a set? Thanks for this recipe!

  14. These are absolutely delicious! Can you tell me where the adorable serving bowls are from? Thank you!

    • Hi Krissy,

      So glad you liked them. The dishes are from Villeroy & Boch. :)

      • Hi there! Making these delicious chickpeas as a healthy snack to recover from all the Christmas cookies! I love the dishes as well, and found them on the Villeroy and Boch website as an appetizer set. Is it possible to order just the bowls in the photo? Couldn’t find them sold separately, just curious. Thank you for this recipe!

  15. This is so delicious! I love to snack on it, as does my 10 year old daughter! Quick on-the-go nutrition and deliciousness!

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  25. I never would have thought to roast chicpeas, But they look amazing. Can’t wait to try them. Winning the spices would be awesome also.

  26. I just came into the world of roasted chickpeas a few weeks ago. I feel like such a dummy for waiting so long. I’m also a huge fan of Watkins extracts for my cookies, but it never occurred to me to try the spices. I will order pronto! Now I’ve gotta try those kale chips I’m hearing so much about! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Definitely an Indian dish, probably a Biryani of some sort.

  28. I would season my popcorn…yes, popcorn!!

  29. I’ve been dying for some Garam Masala so I’d make an Indian dish… maybe chicken tikka masala or some kind of paneer :)

  30. I’d make lots of Indian food, my favorite thing to cook!

  31. Probably spaghetti or loaded baked potato soup! Thanks so much for the chance :-)

  32. I would actually make Roasted Chickpeas first. This sounds good.

  33. These look amazing! Would have liked nutritional info included in the post

  34. I would use the cilantro in salsa.

  35. I remember Watkins Products when I was a little girl. A family was a distributor. Yumm, I would love to win these.

  36. I am a cook. Always have been, always will be. I would make dishes from roasted Cornish games hens to an acorn squash vegetarian soup. Herbs and spices are so versatile and there is no reason to not use them in plenty!

  37. I love roasted chickpeas and your photo styling and pics are just stunning! They are HARD to photograph & yours are gorgeous!

    I’d use the spices on just about everything!

  38. These are delicious and healthy too! Love it!

  39. I’d make spiced roasted almonds.

    Question on the chickpeas: how long do they keep? I think they would be a great snack for me to take to work. I’m going to give it a try. Thank you

  40. Savory porridge oats with a poached egg!

  41. I would make lots of these spicy chickpeas!

  42. Yum! This looks like the perfect snack!

  43. Is it horrible i couldn’t pick just one? Being pregnant, one day something sounds great the next it sounds terrible… I think I’d have to pick day of!

  44. Roasted chickpeas

  45. Gorgeous photos! I love your cute little “bowls”!

    And roasted chickpeas are one of my all-time favs. These sound wonderful!

  46. I would make roasted, spiced chickpeas and some curry

  47. I’d make Cinnamon Quick Bread.

  48. I’d make curried shrimp with the curry powder.

  49. I would make these roasted chickpeas – I LOVE this healthy snack!

  50. Definitely a spicy pasta sauce using basil, crushed red pepper and basil with chicken meatballs using garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

  51. I love making chili, especially in the crockpot, and so this would be fantastic to use these spices.

  52. Swedish bread! I’d use cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.

  53. Those look delicious! Making me hungry :D

  54. Curried chicken w/ rice pilaf!

  55. I’d make a lemon-herbed fish dish using (at least) cilantro and thyme, with a tartare sauce using tarragon!

  56. Sounds delicious!

  57. Yum. Saw this on Pinterest and immediately saved it. Can’t wait to try this out!!!

  58. I would make your spiced chickpeas!! And then my favorite ginger cookies that have like eight different spices i never seem to have….

  59. I love roasted chickpeas and Indian spices – these sound fantastic!

  60. I cook everyday using herbs and spices and I go through a lot of them. So what I would make with them would depend on what is for dinner that day which could be just about anything.

  61. I would make chili or pulled pork dry rub!

  62. Oh yum! I love chick peas, especially roasted :)

  63. I love those bowls/spoons in your photos! I’d make some popcorn seasonings first!

  64. Chili or tacos.

  65. I would make a rib rub for smoking baby back ribs.

  66. Chicken Tikka Masala!

  67. I love roasted chick peas. And you had me at Indian spices! :)

  68. I have just recently gotten into roasted chickpeas and the Indian flavoring is a great touch!

  69. Love these. I am a HUGE roasted chickpea fan. Barely a day goes by that I’m not eating them in some form or another.

  70. Can you believe I have never tried a roasted chickpea? I need to fix that soon! Love the spice combination you added to them.

  71. These chickpeas are sweeeet!. Well I mean savory. But you know what I mean. GREG

  72. spiced chicken

  73. I would make spicy crispy potatoes

  74. Yummy! I would love to win this collection of spices!

    • And I would cook black bean tostado’s topped with caramelized onions, crumbles feta, & fresh cilantro sprigs. Ground cumin gives this dish such an authentic and amazing flavor! Yum!!

  75. I would try your chick pea recipe

  76. I’m going to try those chickpeas – whether I win or not!

  77. Oh, Where to begin!? I would make a big old crockpot of chili, chicken paprika, chana masala, spicy spaghetti sauce, and of course another batch of delicious roasted chickpeas!

  78. I will make hot chicken.

  79. i will make the indian spiced chickpeas for sure. And I love to use thyme in chicken recipes. The JR Watkins spices look so yummy!

  80. chicken parm with basil and oregano

  81. Gorgeous photography and another delicious idea – thanks Sommer!

  82. First of all, your timing couldn’t be better! My hubby just finished a spice rack for me yesterday. I’d try to come up with a use for the cinnamon sticks because I’ve never used them before! Maybe waffles…

  83. I have seen other versions of roasted chickpeas and too often thought, ‘Meh.’ But Indian spices…OK, you got me with that one. I LOVE Indian food and these I will make, very soon…like today!

  84. my husbands favorite snack, spiced chickpeas. They love to chew on them in the rainy season here. ^.^ cool giveaway btw!

  85. I love the look of JR Watkins spice jars… they seem kind of “retro” to me! And I love spiced, roasted chickpeas… I don’t make them often enough! But considering the day I know is coming at work on Monday, this might be good to take along! But the first thing I would make? Indian curry….

  86. I would make dora wat!

  87. chilli

  88. What an addictive snack, I’d try out your chickpeas first!

  89. I know that it’s the wrong time of year but I really want to make a pot of Chili!

  90. I would start with roasting some chickpeas!

  91. Thanks for the giveaway!

  92. I would definitely make a chili or soup with some seasoned toasted garlic bread on the side!

  93. This chickpea recipe sounds easy and tasty. After seeing this I think I’d cook some Indian style stew or roasted veggies (including cauliflower, tomato, carrots, and potatoes).

  94. I love chickpeas & can’t wait to try them roasted with these spices. Thank you fo r this recipe.
    Would love to win all these beautiful Spices from Watkins.

  95. Definitely I would create chili for dinner and a spice cake for dessert.

  96. Your recipe intrigues me, I’d try making them. I too love crunchy snacks and need satisfaction while trying to eat healthier.

  97. I would make these chick-peas. They look yummy. Thanks.

  98. I would cook thai chicken dishes

  99. I would make tacos and a spice cake.

  100. I love Watkins! I haven’t been able to find them in years!

  101. italian sausage

  102. Love chickpeas so I will be trying this. I make a different roasted chickpea recipe which is soo good.

  103. I think I’d try to make a curry with those lovely spices. Thanks for the chance to win!

  104. Oh My! With all of these spices I wouldn’t know where to start. I guess the first thing I would make or try to make is my friend’s curry chicken.

  105. I would throw away all the outdated spices I have on hand and start fresh. This would help immensely.

  106. Wow! whatever recipe I can find that uses many spices!

  107. I never had chickpeas before winning a three-variety pack from Saffron Road Products via Appetite For Health’s blog. After trying them, I want to try every combination i can using chickpeas. They’re addicting like peanuts once you get going. I would use all of J.R. Watkins spices if possible to enhance the roasted chickpea’s flavor.

  108. Those look delicious!

  109. I would try the chick pea recipe.

  110. I’ll be making BBQ rubs and grilling seasonings!

  111. I would make a Italian dish,..something like “Baked Spaghetti”. =)

  112. I think I’d ask my son to join me in the kitchen and try our hand at making a curry dish.

  113. I want to make these crunchy chickpeas !!! They look delicious! Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to participate..

  114. Roasted chickpeas, of course!

  115. Wow! Lots of wonderful herbs and spices. I’d probably cook a chicken dish using the curry and tumeric and salt and garlic powder.

  116. Ooh! My husband would love these! Thanks for the recipe!

  117. Those look so good,perfect afternoon snack!

  118. The Indian roasted chickpeas would be on the top of the list of things I would use the herbs for and also my sister’s chicken recipe.

  119. An Itlaian Roasted Pork Butt and polenta

  120. I’d probably make a curry!

  121. Firstly I’d love to try this fabulous recipe. Everyone at home loves choickpeas but I have never, ever roasted them before.
    Secondly I’d make my famous curried chicken (my secret is the blend of curry, turmeric, and ginger)!
    Thank you Watkins!

  122. I’m thinking pasta…

  123. Probably a curry. Yum!

  124. Have some chickpeas in the pantry so I’m off to try this recipe!! LOVE Watkins products so it is good to see them being promoted.

  125. Ah the chickpeas and then a nice curry with the garam masala!

  126. I would make poppy seed dinner rolls.

  127. I’d make some veggie chili. What an awesome giveaway!

  128. A healthy snack that actually tastes good?

    I’m IN!

  129. I would make a pork curry.

  130. They look soooo good! Love all the spice! I grew up on this snack, so this is right up my alley.

  131. I would make an Italian dinner, chicken parmesan, lasagna and homemade focaccia.

  132. I’ve bought Bombay spiced chickpeas once and absolutely loved them! I’d try to make them at home instead of buying them!

  133. These chickpeas look delicious. I will be trying them soon. I would use the spices for our upcoming dinner party featuring Cajun and Creole food. What a fun giveaway.

  134. First the chick peas, then some homemade chili seasoning! Now I’m hungry!

  135. I will be making the chickpeas this weekend – thanks for the recipe!

  136. roasted chickpeas – or chickenpeas as I like to call them – make me so happy!!!

  137. I cannot wait to try these chickpeas…they sound so yummy!!!

  138. I would make these roasted chickpeas! They look phenom!!

  139. I’d make a spicy chili.

  140. I am moving and all these spices would come in handy. I’m not sure what I would cook -maybe samosas.

  141. I’d cook roasted chickpeas first!

    They sound great for a snack-a-holic like myself.

  142. I would actually try those roasted chick peas. I’ve never had them before, but they look yummy.

  143. Love the flavors on these roasted chickpeas!

  144. Sommer, an excellent post to share with everyone the spice line of J.R. Watkins. I always think of vanilla when I think of Watkins. Thanks for sharing a great healthy snack recipe! Pinning… xo

  145. Spices and taters go together so well. I’d make a bunch of variations of roasted sweet potatoes.

  146. I’d get rid of my old spices and maybe give these chickpeas a try!

  147. I have lots of chick peas and was looking for something different to do with them. I am making this this weekend.

  148. I would make lots of Indian vegetable curries. I love Indian food!

  149. How wonderful and what a complete set of spices to have. I would definitely make your roasted chickpeas first. SO great for snacking. And I did quite a bit of chubbying up in the holiday months as well. Need to work really hard this Spring! ;)

  150. looks good. I would probably double the spices and add crushed pepper or cayenne.

  151. these look so delicious… and i love that you compared them to corn nuts. that’s exactly what i’m going to do when i trick my husband into eating something healthy!

  152. I would make Indian curry..:)

  153. I would make your roasted chickpeas of course

  154. I would make coconut curry chicken!

  155. I would make a lamb curry.

  156. I’d make these roasted chickpeas first, for sure!!

  157. I would definitely make these roasted chickpeas! And maybe some curry…mmm :)

  158. What a lovely prize! I am very interested in trying garam masala in some Indian-inspired recipes!

  159. i would use some of it for my chili.

  160. This looks really good. I would make some kind of chicken with these spices. I actually didn’t know they made food. I have known them for their beauty products.

  161. Wow what a great giveaway, I love experimenting with spices and trying different companies. Roasted chickpeas are a fav!

  162. I’d make these roasted chickpeas obviously!

  163. Great snack idea! I would make a simple vegetable curry

  164. Soomer- these are SOOO good! I love the pictures you took- really gorgeous!

  165. I could snack on these all day long!

  166. I would never have thought of roasting chickpeas. This looks delicious. I, also, was not aware that Watkins had spices. I would love to add them to my spice shelf!

  167. What a tasty looking snack! I have been wanting to try roasting chickpeas for a while now!

  168. I’d love to make an herby stew!

  169. I am going to make these for a pre-dinner snack tomorrow for a BBQ gathering! Thank you!

  170. Ooooo, would love to snack on these roasted chickpeas! Yum!

  171. I’d make a big pot of spaghetti sauce!

  172. Great flavors, Sommer. Roasted chickpeas are my favorite!

  173. What a delicious chickpeas! Perfect for appetizer… and I think I would eat all of them and never stop! jajaja
    If I win the spices, I would try this recipe!

  174. Homemade chilis and soups come to mind when using these spices!! Yum!! Love this recipe!!

  175. I would make so many things.. these chick peas, some banana bread, roast chicken.. you name it!

  176. Oh roasted chickpeas. Gimme.

  177. I would make these chickpeas – they look so yummy!

  178. Italian and Mexican come to mind.

  179. I’m cracking up at your “chubbying up” comment. I am THE SAME way! Except now it’s May and I’m still trying to work off those extra lbs. With these spices, I would absolutely make this roasted chickpea recipe. Actually I may not wait and make it tonight!

  180. I’d probably make some kind of soup. Indian favors. The garam masala is calling to me.

  181. Ooh, so many things I can do with these spices! First, I would try this chickpea recipe. Then, onto a chicken or lamb curry, I think!

  182. Curry all the way!!

    These look so yummy! I love roasting chickpeas!

  183. I would make curry! And these roasted chickpeas!

  184. I never knew they made herbs and spices. Thanks for sharing, it would be nice to win so I can finally update my herb and spice cabinet.