Knock off Bombay Spice Roasted Chickpeas

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Knock off Bombay Spice chickpeas recipe

Sometimes healthy snacks are really expensive. Like really, really expensive so that your eyes bug out 4 feet in front of your face when you see the price. Bombay Spice roasted chickpeas in a bag at the grocery store so happen to be one of these snacks that cost so much money I want to knock them from the shelves and stomp on them.

The problem here is that my kids LOVE these damn things, and if your kids show even one scrap of interest in a semi-healthy snack, it is usually in your best interest to encourage eating that over, say, Oreos. Or my disgusting eight layer bars.

So what’s a desperate, chick-pea-lovin’ freak like myself to do? Well, I’ll go ahead and tell you. Buy a 60 cent can of chickpeas and roast them with spices in the old cookin’ hole.


Here’s your recipe, and here’s where I adapted it from.

Knock-off Bombay Spice Roasted Chickpeas

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed and patted dry

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne for non-spicy, and MORE if you like spicy

1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix the olive oil and 2 teaspoons full of spices together in a bowl with the chickpeas. Make sure they are all coated- I mix them with a rubber spatula. Spread them out in a layer on a baking pan (use the rubber spatula to scrape all the oil and spices from the bowl onto the chickpeas) and roast them at 375 fahrenheit for about 45-50 minutes, or until they are rattly-crunchy.

Remove from oven and let them cool a little bit before scarfing them down with a glass of crisp white Pinot Grigio. (Or Mr. Pibb for your kids.)

I have the rest of the spice mix in a jar to whip up a new batch of these in a couple of days.

roasted Bombay spice chickpeas knockoff

Now that we’re through with all that cooking nonsense, here’s a little joke for you.

What happens when a baby chicken has to use the potty?



    • 05/16/2014 / 3:42 pm

      It’s really hard for me to not make a potty humor joke in most of my posts.

  1. 05/12/2014 / 8:41 pm

    nom nom nomo nom nom…..with red wine. in a few weeks. on the patio. hooray! (p.s. this chick over here is peeing too easily. eek)

    • 05/16/2014 / 3:42 pm

      Oh! poor peeing lady. It’s al for a good cause, though. And I will forgive you if you consume these with red wine.

  2. 05/12/2014 / 8:43 pm

    I got my husband hooked on kale chips a couple weeks ago but vowed never to make them again since they completely didn’t agree with me. Maybe he would forget all about those if I made these! They look really good!

    • 05/16/2014 / 3:41 pm

      I think chickpeas are far more wonderful than kale- I’ve tried kale chips a few times, but wasn’t a fan, so I limit my kale consumption to smoothies. You’ll just have to make his and hers roasted healthy snax.

  3. 05/13/2014 / 10:04 am

    Yum, Yum, Yum! I love roasted chick peas so much that I should have a separate Pinterest category just for them! I’m pinning this. Might even make them today!

    • 05/16/2014 / 3:39 pm

      Hi Lisa! I am totally in love with chickpeas as well- Thanks for the pin! Let me know if you ever make them. 🙂

  4. 05/16/2014 / 6:49 am

    Whoa. My husband brought home a bag of these from work, and I’ve inhaled them. Need. More. This post came in the nick of time, and it further proves that you are in my head.

  5. 05/17/2014 / 11:03 am

    Yum! The recipe looks easy enough for me to attempt!

  6. 04/12/2015 / 8:24 am

    Definitely going to make these! I have an actifry, so might bung them in there!

  7. David
    11/13/2015 / 10:54 pm

    Joke: What’s the difference between a Chickpea and a Garbanzo Bean? Answer: i’ve never paid forty dollars to have a Garbanzo Bean on my face.

    • 11/15/2015 / 8:11 pm

      Okay, my husband and I just laughed our butts off at this.

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