I was looking for a tasty snack–something to munch on during the day that had a good amount of filling protein but also packed with flavor. I came across a recipe for baked chickpeas and was intrigued because I always liked them in stews and soups but had never tried them on their own. The chickpeas are lightly tossed with olive oil, rolled in a spice blend, and baked until they become dry and crispy. They remind me a little of popcorn but so much healthier and tastier! The spice blend can be adjusted to your own tastes, whether you want it saltier, sweeter, or spicier. I preferred the spicy and salty, but I plan to experiment more and see what I like best.
Garam Masala is a really common spice blend in Indian food. I have had this posted in a bunch of other recipes but the blend deserves a post of its own. I decided to go with a simpler version since I don’t own a spice blender. To get the best flavors you would have to toast and grind whole spices (cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg seeds, etc.) which is great if you can find the whole spices. I couldn’t so I just went with the ground spices and mixed them together. Very easy to make, and I just store what I don’t use in an empty spice container.