Fried chickpeas: A great and cheap snack based on the humble garbanzo bean.
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Step 1: Gathering the 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!
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