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!
East Indian 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.
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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Cook on a high flame till it reaches full pressure (about 5 minutes) and then at full pressure for two whistles (about 15 minutes.)
Remove and serve warm! Simple, easy, and tasty. For more flavor, you can sprinkle with chili powder or lemon juice before serving!
Easy Boiled Grams – East Indian Chickpeas Snack
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- 500 gms Chickpeas
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 2 Green Chillies – Fresh
- 3 Litre Water
- 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 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)
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