Chickpeas have a delicious nutlike taste as well as a texture which is buttery, yet somewhat pasty and starchy. A very versatile legume, chickpeas are a common ingredient in many Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, such as curries, falafels, and hummus.
Although many people think of chickpeas as being in beige in color, there are other varieties which feature colors, such as red, brown, green and black. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, providing rich content of folate, dietary fiber, protein, and certain dietary minerals, such as phosphorus and iron. Magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6 and thiamin contents are moderate, providing 10 to 16% of the DV.
Protein in germinated and cooked chickpeas are rich in essential amino acids, such as tryptophan, isoleucine, lysine and total aromatic amino acids. There are many health benefits of chickpeas and some of them are high fiber content, weight loss, heart health, stabilization of blood sugar, and many others. Olive oil is probably the most widely-used oil in cooking around the world. It is pressed from fresh olives.
Olive oil is usually made in the Mediterranean, primarily in Greece, Spain, and Italy, even though countries, such as Australia and America, also produce it. Just like wine-making, soil, climate, and the way the olives are harvested and pressed all have an impact on their character. Olive oil is assessed on 3 criteria – pepperiness, bitterness and fruitiness. The smell, flavor, and color can vary radically, both according to whether it is an extra virgin or not, as well as to its origin.
Usually, the hotter the country, the more robust the flavor of the olive oil. However, it is possible to flavor olive oil with spices and herbs by steeping them in the oil for 10 days or so. There are many health benefits of olive oil and researchers reveal more benefits nearly every day. We are just beginning to understand many ways olive oil can improve our lives, as well as our health. Some of the health benefits are protection against, cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and much more.
Now that you have found out about the nutrition content and health benefits of chickpeas and olive oil, it is the time that you make a nutritious and delicious dish, olive oil roasted chickpeas, which are a great and healthy snack. These are a nice crunchy alternative to nuts.
Olive Oil Roasted Chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tin chickpeas 400 grams, drained
- Cayenne pepper optional
- Salt optional
- In the first step, preheat your oven to 230 degrees C.
- Now, pat chickpeas dry using kitchen roll. In the next step, toss chickpeas with olive oil in a bowl, and then season to taste with pepper and salt.
- Spread on a baking tray, and bake until browned and crunchy, for about 30 to 40 minutes.
- In order to avoid burning, watch carefully the last few minutes.