Chickpeas quick snack with turmeric, red onion and red chilli flakes

Chickpeas quick snack with turmeric, red onion and red chilli

I’m sure this happens to you too sometimes,  coming back home hungry like a wolfie not knowing what to tuck in?!

Well, it certainly happens to me especially around 4 pm when I need to beat that sugar craving and truthfully this chickpeas quick snack is such a good saviour for me helping me dig deep in the sugar jar smashing a good few chocs or kit-kat bars.

I do have an issue, a real issue with the sugar cravings that kick in around 4 pm.

I do make sure to always have a few chickpeas cans around and never run out for snacks like this.

A few days back I came home, I was so hungry 😋 that I could eat a horse. I totally resisted going anywhere near the sweets tin by going in a totally opposite direction grabbing a can of organic chickpeas and had this ready in a flash. Thoroughly enjoyed it though. Then and every time I make this, such a great snack! Ready in just under 20 min, how great!! 👌

Chickpeas make such a healthy, fiber, protein, zink packed snack and when it comes to spices, feel adventurous with curry powder, paprika, cumin or simple salt, garlic fresh or powder, anything you like, there are many posibilities and combos that you could try. I have mentioned a few here and a few more in the recipe note, just give it a go.
Oh, one more thing, I actually just remembered I know someone that does not like the chickpeas texture, if you don’t, simply bake the chikpeas for about 35-45 minutes in a large tray shaking them every now and again. These are great too!! A great alternative if you do not mind and are a true chickpea lover, just like I am.
Enjoy! 😋👌
Chickpeas quick snack with turmeric, red onion and red chilli
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Chickpeas quick snack with turmeric, red onion and red chilli flakes

A great way to snack on this healthy chickpeas, turmeric, red onion and chilly flakes, moreish and pretty addictive. So truly yummy!
Course Side Dish, Snack, Starter, Warm salad
Cuisine Asian, Ramona's Cuisine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Ramona


  • 400 g cooked chickpeas
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch of turmeric
  • 1 pinch Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mixed seeds cumin, fenugreek and mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 lemon just the juice


  • Chop the onion and place in a pan with the olive oil over medium fire. Add the seeds, salt and cook for 5 min or so until the onions are nice and soft.
  • Add the chickpeas and the turmeric and continue cooking for another 3-4 mins stirring or tossing regularly.
  • 3 Add the chilli flakes and toss for a further minute.
  • Squeeze a dash of lemon and serve. Ta da!!


Instead of the chilli flakes you can add cayenne pepper if you wish spiciness to be more even. I prefer a little chilli flake or a seed - it’s nice to find that little chilli surprise, if you like that.  If spicy isn’t your thing then add anything you might like such as paprika, zataar, harissa or any spices or herbs you may wish and like.
I do add bacon sometimes or chorizo chopped into small cubes and fried together with the onions. Absolutely yummy. 
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Chickpeaswith turmeric, red onion and red chilli


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12 thoughts on “Chickpeas quick snack with turmeric, red onion and red chilli flakes”

    • Hi Dawn,
      Thank you so much. Absloutely, chickpeas are so versatile and inexpensive indeed. I make quite a bit of it for quick snacking or to add to salads or soups during the week. So great! A saviour.

  1. Oh, I absolutely adore chickpeas! Any way any how. These look so awesome with the turmeric and kick of heat! Definitely making this!!

    • Thank you Beth, same here. We love chickpeas. You won’t be disappointed with this recipe- always a winner here for snacking but also as a side dish.
      Enjoy 😉

  2. Chickpeas are the absolute BOMB. I use them in everything, from soups to curries—and, of course, hummus. I had not tried cooking them in a skillet like this, though: I just love the addition of turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek—these must taste amazing!

    • Thank you so much Eileen, oh, me and chilli are almost everywhhere together 😉 long time love there haha. I agree with flavor and digestion, absolutely! I hope you will make it soon and fully enjoy it.

    • Hi Caroline,
      Thank you! I love chickpeas so much that I must think of a chickpeas dessert recipe. It’s. Icy a versatile ingredient. This snack recipe will really impress- so easy to make and soooo tasty. It’s one of my favourites ever. Last weekend we had it at a picnic -was so great and everyone enjoyed it greatly. You should definitely try it. 👍🤗

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