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Fried chickpeas: A great and cheap snack based on the humble garbanzo bean.

Step 1: Gathering the Ingredients:

Ingredients:

1 (14 oz.) can of garbanzo beans
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup or so peanut oil– depending on the size of your pan. Pay no attention to the Canola oil in the photo. Peanut oil has a higher smoke temperature and is better for shallow frying.
1 tsp salt, to taste
1 tsp pepper, to taste.

Optional herbs or spices – you can add any kind of flavoring or spices you like.
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp ground cumin
seasoned salt - whatever.

Step 2: The Rinsing of the Beans

Rinse the garbanzo beans under running water to wash off the can juice.

Step 3: The Draining of the The Beans

Drain the garbanzo beans on a clean kitchen towel with a paper towel to blot.

Step 4: The Mixing of the Flour

In a medium size bowl, blend the flour, salt, pepper, and assorted spices of your choice together.   Roll the garbanzos in the flour mixture until they are evenly coated.

Step 5: Deploying the Oil

Pour the peanut oil in a medium-sized frying pan, until the oil is about a half inch deep.

Step 6: The Frying of the Beans

Heat the oil until its bubbly, and fry the garbanzo beans in small batches until crispy and golden.

Step 7: The Blotting of the Beans

Drain the beans on a paper towel, and use newspaper or phone book pages underneath to blot excess oil.

Step 8: The Enjoying of the Beans

Sprinkle on any additional salt, pepper or other seasonings if needed, and enjoy!
Just tried it. Used curry powder in the flour and olive oil to fry them in a pan. They turned out quite yummy.
Well, I'm glad you did do some experimenting with the fryer, I think the recipe itself does have a lot of room for improvement. From what little I know, good deep frying can depend on the type and temperature of the oil used. But I think garbanzo beans are pretty bland to begin with, so maybe we could try marinating them in something to boost the flavor, or even try coating with something like a tempura batter with more seasoning. Actually that's sounds awful. don't do that- its a bad idea. Its also possible that the garbanzo can only go so far when fried. I'm glad you shared your results though, its really nice to see your experiments and feedback.
I tried it in the deep fryer last night and it came out a bit bland with a gummy texture. I wonder if I didn't fry them long enough or to much. I'm going to have to tweak this a bit and get back to you.
I'm sure it would work just fine in a deep fryer... although I've never tried cuz I don't have a deep fryer. Maybe give it a shot and let me know if it works? Good Idea :)
Is it possible to make this in a deep fryer?
Looks delicious! I'll try this!
Great idea! Now I'm going to have to try it :)
Sounds yum!

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