Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas

An easy and healthy appetizer!

Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas are an easy high protein appetizer or snack ~ once you start popping these little guys you won’t be able to stop!

An easy and healthy appetizer!

I’ve got a great little last minute idea for you today — it will keep everybody happy and snacking this week whether they’re waiting for the holiday dinner to cook, or the New Year’s Eve ball to drop. Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas are crunchy, full of bold flavor, and good for you! All you need is a can of chickpeas, some olive oil and a few spices.

Chickpeas roasted with tandoori spices

I’ve made these many times, using both dried and canned beans, and the easy method wins. I don’t notice any difference, and with the canned, you can them anytime you need a quick appetizer. You need to drain and rinse the beans, and then lay them out on paper towels or a clean kitchen cloth so they get nice and dry. The beans crisp in the oven as they lose their moisture, so you’ll want them dry to begin with.

spicy and crunchy roasted chickpeas

There are so many ways to spice these, you can almost pick one at random…chili pepper and lemon, rosemary and sea salt, za’atar, or my Indian inspired flavors. I mix my seasonings with the beans before baking, but you can also bake them first and then toss them in their seasonings afterwards. That way you can play with ingredients that would burn in the oven, like asiago or Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, or garlic.

Roasted chick peas

Instead of a bowl of nuts, try these this week, they’ll be a hit! Depending on how long you roast them, they will either be crisp/chewy, or totally crisp. I think they are best hot out of the oven, but you can refresh them in a 350F oven if you need to.

3.38 from 8 votes

Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp curry power
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt to taste


  • Set oven to 400F
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas well. Lay them out on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to dry.
  • Toss with the rest of the ingredients and spread out on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the chickpeas for about 30-35 minutes, stirring, or shaking the pan several times during the baking. Be careful, occasionally the beans can spit and even explode as they cook.
  • Let the beans cool slightly on the pan, and then serve up while they are warm.

Cook's notes

If you want to make more, use another baking pan for the second batch or bake one batch after the other. If you crowd your pan the beans will steam and not crisp up.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

roasted chickpeas with Indian spices

I wish all of you a wonderful week, and thank you so much for your support and companionship this year. I so appreciate your taking time out of your day to visit and to comment. The blog has grown tremendously in 2014 and I expect the same for 2015, but none of it could be done without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

I’ll be in and out sporadically through the rest of December, and back in full swing in January. My two daughters are home, and I’ll be cooking up a storm, just not with my camera in hand. I am so looking forward to getting into fresh healthy food in a week or so, I hope you are too!


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  • Reply
    Karen boyer
    October 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Can you tell me what a serving is and how many calories in this recipe for dried tandoori chickpeas is? Thank you.

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    December 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Yours look so perfect, Sue. I’ve tried them before but mine were not a huge success. I’d love to give them another try using your method. Happy New Year and enjoy your girls!

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      December 29, 2014 at 8:28 am

      I had to make them a few times to figure out what worked best, Susan. I think chickpeas can vary as to how much moisture they have in them, and in order to get them crunchy they really need to dry out pretty completely. Have a Happy New Year yourself!

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    Edna Siu
    December 28, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Sue, I baked roasted chickpeas before, I have never luck over this chickpea recipe, either it is too dry or burnt. I am sort of scared to try again. But roasted chickpeas is one of the favorite snacks for my son. I need to give it another chance. Do you have an advice of how to prepare the dry peas? I bought a package of brown chickpeas,but it is a huge challenge for me to remove the white-almost-transparent fine skin/cell, I had to remove them of each and every of them, it took me four hours to remove them. I wonder if you remove the cells/skin of the peas too? Would you give me some suggestion, thanks so much.

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    Helene D'Souza
    December 27, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I am not much of a chickpea fan but I do value how nutritious they are. My husband is a big fan of tandoori channa but I hadn’t tried making it at home. Thanks for sharing!

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    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    December 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    those sound delicious! hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I love tandoori spices, these would make the perfect Christmas appetizer!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    December 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of chickpeas. This is a great snack, Sue.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    December 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I love the simplicity of this recipe! Great spices. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    • Reply
      December 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Gerlinde — same to you!

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    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert
    December 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

    These chickpeas sound amazing! I must have a bowl by my desk for snacking!

    • Reply
      December 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

      So much better than chips, right?

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    December 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    It doesn’t get any more snack happy than roasted chickpeas! Major yum to them!

    • Reply
      December 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Pamela, have a wonderful week!

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