Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Leblebi

Leblebi are the Turkish snack of spiced, roasted chick peas (garbanzo beans). I had made some beans the other day to make hummus but then decided that since I feel too lazy to make more flat bread (I think there's only one loaf I tucked away in the freezer, and that's just not enough). So I went with this instead. Please feel free to use canned beans if you like. It makes it more convenient for those who don't love cooking their own beans. Enjoy!

2 cups cooked chick peas (drain and rinse if canned)
spice mixture*
2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat oven to 450F. Blot peas, then toss with oil and spices. Spread over a baking sheet and roast for 15-30 minutes or until dry and crispy and delicious.

Spice Mixture:

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon aleppo pepper
1 tablespoon sumac

Grind together in mortar and pestle or spice grinder (coffee grinder; whatever you use).

*There are a lot of different options for how to spice these little guys, so play around with it and find a combination that you like best!

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