Green Garbanzo Beans

When I saw them first , covered in plastic , I almost walked away , until my husband gently reminded me of the summers we spent eating them joyously. Ahh! Nostalgia … it came back and I couldnt resist buying them .

Late summer evenings, sitting on the floor by the door or on the terrace / rooftop with the sun setting , all the women folk sitting around and popping these juicy beans while shelling them and drinking a good cup of chai . These are the memories I have .

Last week , suprisingly the weather cooled off a bit in the evenings and Lo , I had to make these with a good cup of chai.


There are 2 ways that I make garbanzo beans, although the best way I would like to eat is raw ! Pan Fried with the shell and Oven roasted Chilli Beans .

Pan fried with the shell :

Do not shell the beans, wash , pat dry and keep aside.

Heat Oil in a pan on medium heat and add the unshelled beans.

The pods have to be sauted until the bottom side is charred . Before turning off the heat , sprinkle some salt , chilli powder and a dash of lime.

The result will be a crispy outer pod with a steamy bean inside . Serve warm and enjoy !

Oven Roasted Green Garbanzos:

Shell the beans , place on a sheet , drizzle some oil , salt and chillpowder , if you want to add chaat masala instead , go ahead. I prefer to keep the flavor of the garbanzo dominant , so I dont season it with a lot of other flavors.

Preheat oven to 350F , Bake for about 45-55 minutes or until golden brown . Serve Warm.

10 thoughts on “Green Garbanzo Beans

  1. usha says:

    both pan fried and oven roasted look delicious….

    This brings back memories… I do remember every one sitting and shelling the beans and my favorite is sauteing the beans in little bit of oil with onions, green chillies, garlic and salt…. mmm… nostalgia… when ever i go back home during the hari bhoot (green garbanzo) season, this is my breakfast, evening snack and some times, even my dinner… :)

  2. Dee says:

    Yeah.. hari boot ..thousands of being shelled and popped into the mouth and falling sick the next day hahaha :)

    Yep RC , I love to just eat the shelled ones..

    Parita . roasted tastes fantastic too :)

  3. mona says:

    Dee, back when I was in Hyderabad, we used to enjoy green garbanzo (called as ‘Boot’ in Hindi/Urdu) pan roasted sans oil. Just like you described, crispy skin but steamy edible bean inside. Brings back so many memories.
    The spicy oven roasted boot also looks absolutely scrumptious!

  4. Madhuram says:

    Amazing pictures Dee. Surprisingly I have never eaten green garbanzo in India and I don’t even remember seeing it. Even in the US I have seen only the shelled beans in the freezer, maybe I’m not looking in the right places.

  5. sig says:

    I’ve never had green garbanzo beans, have been seeing it in the market lately. That pan-fried version is just my type of dish.

  6. Dee says:

    Mona , u just reminded me of those summer days in hyd when we could buy loads of hari boot for just a rupee and eat till will we were tired :):) great memories , I must say…

    Madhu , these are with the new lens we were talking about.. the other day !

    Sig , I recommend it those highly , yeah.. pan fried are my version too .. they are the best !

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