When I menu plan, I tend to focus on the main course and make simple side dishes. We’re talking rice, couscous, frozen and roasted vegetables. I have noticed that my favorite sides have one thing in common: I don’t need a recipe for them. Well, that just omits tons of recipes I have pinned, and I can’t have that! I need make more side dish recipes, and I’m going to do that today with this Sumac and Spice Roasted Chickpeas recipe. It’s simple, full of spices I like, and promises to be packed with flavor. I can’t wait to try it!
Citrus-scented Sumac and warm Middle Eastern spices add bold flavor to these roasted chickpeas!
This recipe was so easy to shop for! I had all the spices and olive oil in my pantry. All I had to get at the grocery store was a couple of cans of chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans).
Actually, nearly all the ingredients are usually easy to find at my regular store. The only exception is the sumac. I order that online.
I love to be able to share tips and tricks that make these recipes easier, but this one went so smoothly that I don’t have many. The instructions were simple and well written, so I didn’t have any trouble following along. Mine did take a bit longer than the 30 minutes listed, though. Here’s how my time was spent:
- 9 minutes to prep
- 30 minutes to cook
- 39 minutes total
I began by draining and rinsing the chickpeas, then I used a couple of tea towels to dry them off. I left them sitting on a towel to dry a bit more while I whisked up the oil and spices.
The spice mixture was quite thick, so I had to make sure to thoroughly stir the chickpeas to coat them. Then I spread them on a parchment-lined sheet pan and roasted them. I started out with 20 minutes, tossing them at the 10 minute mark.
My Sumac and Spice Roasted Chickpeas weren’t crispy after roasting for 20 minutes, so I tossed them a second time and put them back into the oven for another 10 minutes. Once I tried them, I realized they weren’t truly crispy, but they were dryer than what I’m used to. I was left wondering if another 5-10 minutes was needed. I’ll have to try this one again and report back.