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Spicy Chickpeas

Hi guys, hope you all had a good weekend. I had a fantastic weekend and have been eating very unhealthy last week. So today will be a good start for my sugar-light lifestyle and today I will show you an easy and healthy snack recipe.

Chickpeas are such a great way to easily sneak protein and fiber into your diet. My mom used to make a Tamil spicy dish out of chickpeas, but I can’t make it daily. Snacking on Chickpeas will never be boring for me and I would be able to eat it everyday.

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I can’t be on a sugar free diet like my cousin Kavitha, but I’m trying to follow a sugar-light lifestyle. I can handle making main dishes that are free of sugar, but snacks are a different story. I easily gravitate toward something unhealthy when I’m looking for a snack. I have been eating cakes and chocolates every day for the last 6 months, but now I have begun to make healthy and delicious snacks, to avoid cakes and chocolates. It has been working very well and I’m going to experiment more with other healthy snacks too.

In our house, we need snacks when drinking coffee especially on weekends. I always prefer easy recipes that don’t take much time. I’ve been doing a lot of fruit and nut mixes, yogurt and smoothies, but now I’m trying to make spicy snacks to get some variations.

SAMSUNG CSCThese spicy chickpeas are so easy to make and a healthy way to get some protein in your diet. The only thing you have to do is, cook chickpeas and season it with chili powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, pepper and sea salt. I don’t use specific measurements for the seasoning. So I just mix the seasonings and taste until I am satisfied.

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Spicy potato chips

I love this spicy potato chips recipe. All you need to do is cut potatoes into thin sticks, add oil, salt, cayenne or chili powder, and turmeric. Add some curry leaves for aroma. Bake in oven or in microwave. It’s so much easier and healthier than deep-fried potato chips.

 Cut the potato sticks really thin, this way they bake very quickly in the oven. It will be easier if you have a fancy machine to cut potatoes. The sticks should be thinner than french fries.

 Spicy Potato Chips Recipe

Serves about 2

1 large russet potato
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or ghee
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon or to taste chili powder or cayenne powder
10 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wash and dry the potato. Peel the potato if you like or leave the skin on. Slice the potato into thin sticks, about 1/4 the thickness of a French-fry. Place the potato sticks on a kitchen towel, and gently pat dry. In a bowl blend ghee or oil, turmeric, chili powder, curry leaves and salt. And then follow one of the below methods.

Oven method – pre-heat oven to 200°. Place the seasoned potato sticks on a non-stick baking sheet or a regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are in a single layer, this is what makes them crisp. You may need to do this in batches.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the chips are golden and crisp. Halfway through baking, check on the chips, and remove any pieces that is already crispy and golden.

 

Microwave method – take a microwaveable plate and coat with a few drops of oil. Place the seasoned potato sticks and make sure they are in a single layer. You may need to do this in batches. Set the Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until the chips are golden and crisp. Cooking time will vary depending on the microwave, so check on the chips periodically.

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