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Dec 14, 2011 02:56 PM

Looking for recipe for "Chunky Chickpeas" by Tasty Bite

I've been buying boxes containing 4 or 5 pouches of these chickpeas from Costco for a couple of years but they've stopped carrying them and yes, I'm too frugal to buy one pouch at a time from the supermarket. I want to say they have an Indian flavor. The ingredient list states:
water, chickpeas, onions, sunflower oil, garlic, ginger coriander, salt cumin and spices.
Has anyone had this and knows how to "put it all together"? And what are the elusive "spices"?
Thanks all in advance for your help.

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  1. Look up recipes for "Chana Masala" (chana=chickpeas, masala=spice mix). It's a North Indian dish.

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    1. re: boogiebaby

      Thanks very much! I looked up the recipe and it seems that there's liquid and tomatoes in it, there is non in the "Chunky Chickpeas". Could this be called something other than Chana Masala? The pkg contains the chickpeas mixed with a moist spice/herb mixture. Thanks again.

      1. re: jnk

        This looks great! I do a few other spiced chickpeas but this is a bit different - and no, it's not chana masala. For this, I would drain your chickpeas, then saute diced onion (I feel like red onion would be good here) and garlic. I'd then throw in some ginger and just stir it around a bit for about a minute. Add the spices and cook them for about another minute, just enough to bring out the flavors. I'd say the water in the ingredient list gets added now to turn all of those other ingredients into a sauce. If you had broth, it would be even more flavorful. And at the last minute, add your chickpeas and just stir until they're warm. I can't guess at quantities of spices without tasting it, but the ingredient list should be by volume, so let that guide you.

        1. re: katecm

          Thanks for the info. This product has no sauce per se but instead has a moist herb mixture that adheres to the chickpeas (and to the pkg.) It's not completely covered. I usually put them on my salad (if that helps with the picture). Again thanks for the info.

          1. re: katecm

            Thanks again for your help. These chickpeas don't really have a sauce, more of a somewhat thick layer of herbs and spices that adhere to the chickpeas. I'm attaching a photo of and this might help. I use them on my salad.

            1. re: jnk

              the recipe on the following page for "Chick Pea Curry" contains pretty much the same ingredients as the Tasty Bite product - just omit the potatoes:

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thanks GHG, I'll definitely be trying these.

      2. I've had the chickpeas of which you speak, so I know where you're coming from. I have a recipe for dry indian-spiced potatoes called "sookhe aloo" -- googling that will get you combination of spices which I think sounds about right (ginger, garlic, cayenne, turmeric) and a method for the spicy paste "putting it together" part. Maybe this one, with onion added?

        "Aloo" is the potato, so I also tried googling "sookhe chana" and "sookhe chole" (2 terms for chickpeas) -- got other combinations of spices and long ingredients lists -- I think I'd try a potato recipe first. Good luck!

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        1. re: sweethooch

          That sounds great! I'll make it 1st with the chickpeas and then I'll try it with the potatoes.
          Thank you so much.