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.