>I love chickpeas. I really do. I think I like them more than any other legume. Ok, I *know* I like them more than any other legume. They are just so freaking versatile and delicious. Normally I like them in the form of hummus, chickpea cutlets, or in chickpea tacos. I’m also partial to eating them roasted. Yesterday, I realized I hadn’t roasted any chickpeas in months. I also remembered that I bought a really big version of this small tin of curry paste…and by really big version I mean my container is twenty ounces, not four ounces.
>Vegan Coconut Curry Roasted Chickpeas
This is my favorite curry by far. I’m seriously happy it’s vegan. What makes me even happier is that this is one of those curries that doesn’t have OIL in it. Zero oil. It’s made from Dried Red Chilies, Garlic, Shallot, Lemon Grass, Sugar, Salt, Kaffir Lime, Galangal, Spices. Which means this is a curry I can typically make with low fat coconut milk and not feel really guilty about it…and it won’t hurt my stomach. spicy foods + a lot of fat doesn’t work well for me. Anyways, I wanted to make curried chickpeas with this curry paste, but I knew I needed a way to thin out the paste just a little so it would coat everything. So I used 5 T curry to 3 cups of chickpeas, then I melted 1 T coconut oil and 1 T of coconut butter together.
This is SUCH a secret weapon! This gave my roasted chickpeas a super boost of flavor. I stirred the curry paste into the chickpeas, put a little salt over them, melted the coconut oil and butter and drizzled that over the top, then added 2 T coconut water. I let these marinate for about an hour, then baked them at 350 for 20 minutes, stirred them, then baked them for 20 more minutes. I do NOT recommend roasting at a higher temperature because coconut oil has a pretty low smoking point. These chickpeas aren’t super crunchy like roasted chickpeas are, but they are slightly crunchy then super creamy…and VERY flavorful. My friend Kayla and I managed to eat half of them yesterday while we were watching the Super Bowl commercials. The picture isn’t so glorious, but trust me…these were freaking amazing!!