Easy Boiled Grams – East Indian Chickpeas Snack

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An easy snack or homemade appetizer, these homemade boiled grams or spicy chickpeas are easy to make and disappear quickly.


Simple and pocket-friendly, these boiled chickpeas are an East Indian must-have. You’ll find them at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and all other celebrations. When we were younger, they were even served outdoors at rosaries at the Cross.

No, we’re not horses, but our East Indian community definitely eats the boiled chana like horses. Here’s how to make these simple spicy chickpeas for chakna!

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Spicy Boiled Grams Ingredients and Recipe

You’ll need about half a kg of chickpeas, two or three green chilies, salt, and water. So this recipe is vegetarian, diary free, gluten free, and sugar free. It would have been nice if chickpeas were keto, but sadly they’re not.

Soak the chickpeas overnight or at least for a few hours. This will remove the excess sugar in the beans that contain (supposedly oligosaccharides) that cause gas.

Chickpeas soaking in a pot.

The next day, add the chickpeas to a pressure cooker. Add two slit chillies, salt, and enough water to cover. For us, that’s about three litres, but adjust according to your pressure cooker.

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Chickpeas and chillies in a pressure cooker.
Add chickpeas and slit chillies to the pressure cooker

Cook on a high flame till it reaches full pressure (about 5 minutes) and then at full pressure for two whistles (about 15 minutes.)

Chickpeas and chillies in a pot.
Boiled grams after cooking

Remove and serve warm! Simple, easy, and tasty. For more flavor, you can sprinkle with chili powder or lemon juice before serving!

Boiled grams in a white bowl.
We don’t know why East Indians love boiled grams
Boiled grams are a quick and easy snack.

Easy Boiled Grams – East Indian Chickpeas Snack

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An easy snack or homemade appetizer, homemade boiled grams or spicy chickpeas are easy to make quickly. A musthave at every East Indian celebration.
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Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snacks, Starters or Appetizer
Cuisine East Indian, Indian
Servings 30
Calories 29 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 500 gms Chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 2 Green Chillies – Fresh
  • 3 Litre Water

Optional

  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Soak the grams (chickpeas) in water overnight.
  • Add the grams to a pressure cooker with enough water to cover.
  • Slit two chilies lengthwise and add to the cooker along with the salt.
  • Cook on high flame till it reaches full pressure (about 5 mins – depends on the cooker.)
  • Cook at high flame for two whistles (about 15 mins – depends on the cooker.)
  • Once it's depressurized, remove, and serve.
  • You can optionally sprinkle with red chili powder and lemon juice before serving.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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