How to make Spicy Roasted Chickpeas that tastes like Tandoori Chicken?

indian spicy roasted chickpeas

Spicy, tangy, crispy, flavor packed and most importantly tastes like Tandoori Chicken!!! Yes, these Indian spicy roasted chickpeas are great as a snack, appetizer, made into wraps or paired with your favorite Indian meal. 

indian spicy roasted chickpeas

Meet your new favorite way to enjoy Chickpeas. 

These Indian Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are 

  • Crispy
  • Salty
  • Spicy
  • Tangy 
  • Packed with flavor 

Most importantly….. it tastes like Tandoori Chicken!!!! 


I love Tandoori Chicken ( Click here for an awesome recipe ). It is so flavorful, healthy with charred bits and delicious paired with Cashew Mint Chutney. The best part is that the leftovers can be made into delicious Tandoori Chicken Sandwiches or Tandoori Chicken Naanwich

indian spicy roasted chickpeas

The ingredients might look like a long laundry list but if you are familiar with cooking Indian food then everything (almost) might be in your pantry already.

Let us look at the team players in making these Indian spicy roasted chickpeas:

Chickpeas : Canned chickpeas to the rescue. No soaking. No pressure cooking. Open up a can and you are good to go. Have more cans? Try our 4-Ingredient Salsa Chickpeas for an easy weeknight meal served over white rice. 

Greek yogurt : Yogurt is a key ingredient in making tandoori chicken marination, since it helps in the tenderizing process. As we not looking for any tenderizing in the indian spicy roasted chickpeas, the yogurt helps in binding the ingredients, stays true to the tandoori flavor and forms a crust around each chickpea. I love the thick greek yogurt. If you cannot find it then you could totally use thick, plain yogurt. 

Ginger and Garlic – If you know Indian cooking then you probably know that ginger and garlic are like salt and pepper. It contributes flavor and digestive properties. 

Spices – The basics – Red chili powder and coriander powder. No, I did not forget turmeric! Turmeric is avoided in tandoori chicken since we are going for that bright orange artificial color:) 

Kasoori methi – It is dried fenugreek leaves. It is an essential part of a tandoori chicken marinade. It is available in all Indian grocery stores, some Asian stores or Amazon

Lemon juice – A fresh squeeze at the end brings freshness and tanginess. 

How to make spicy roasted chickpeas that tastes like Tandoori Chicken?

Step-1: Grate ginger and garlic

Step-2: Drain a can of chickpeas, rinse well and pat dry. 

Step-3: Stir chickpeas, ginger, garlic, greek yogurt, vegetable oil, coriander powder, chili powder, salt and kasoori methi. 

Step-4: Bake at 400 degrees F for about 40 mins, until toasted. 

Step-5: As soon as it comes out of the oven, stir in lemon juice, mix well and spread into a single layer to cool completely. 

Done and DONE. 

indian spicy roasted chickpeas
indian spicy roasted chickpeas

How to serve Indian spicy roasted Chickpeas? 

  • Just as a snack 
  • Make double or triple batch (roast in a sheet pan) and serve as a healthy appetizer for your next party
  • Game day munchie
  • Toss over salads for a healthy, flavorful, spicy addition
  • Make into wraps  with some lettuce, yogurt/mayo, sliced red onion, tomato, jalapeño slices, chopped cilantro and crumbled paneer. 

Can I make spicy roasted chickpeas vegan? 

Absolutely! You could replace greek yogurt with a plain vegan yogurt or skip yogurt all together and increase lemon juice at the end. 

How long can I store spicy chickpeas? 

You can store for several hours at room temperature or refrigerated for up to 4 days ( the chickpeas looses its crispiness when refrigerated, but no compromise in taste). Warm cold chickpeas in the microwave before eating. 

indian spicy roasted chickpeas

Love Chickpeas? More recipes with canned chickpeas:

The 4-Ingredient Guilt Free Chocolate Hummus – This wholesome 4 ingredient guilt free chocolate hummus is made with garbanzo beans, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt is so delicious served with cinnamon sugar pita chips. Easy, quick and so good  for you!   

Instant Pot Thai Chickpea and Spinach Curry – Skip takeout and make this restaurant favorite right in your instant pot! Easy, healthy and flavorful Instant Pot Thai Chickpea and spinach curry is delicious for weeknight dinner or meal prep. 

Baked Beet Falafel – A super easy recipe for baked falafel using canned chickpeas with the addition of beets. Simple, wholesome and most importantly delicious baked beet falafel meal prep with pita bread and a cucumber tomato salad.

Chickpea Taco Meal Prep Bowls – Healthy, easy, quick chickpea taco meal prep bowls that is nothing short of delicious. An amazing combination of tacos chickpeas,tangy pico de gallo, sweet corn, shredded cheddar, spicy jalapeños and creamy avocado slices –  all piled on a bed of white or brown rice. Meal prep for the week or make it for dinner!!!

indian spicy roasted chickpeas

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How to make Spicy Roasted Chickpeas taste like Tandoori Chicken?

Spicy, tangy, crispy, flavor packed and most importantly tastes like Tandoori Chicken!!! Yes, these spicy roasted chickpeas are great as a snack, appetizer, made into wraps or paired with your favorite Indian meal. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Maria Doss



  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F or 205 degrees C. Have a 9-inch cast iron pan or medium (oven safe) non-stick skillet or a greased baking sheet ready.
  • Add all ingredients (except lemon juice) into the skillet or pan, stir well until evenly combined (make sure all the yogurt is thoroughly combined and well distributed). Spread them evenly in a single layer.
  • Place pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 40 minutes, until crisp. (While the beans are baking, have one teaspoon of lemon juice ready).
  • Remove skillet or pan from the oven and place on a wire rack and immediately add the lemon juice, stir well with a spoon to coat all beans with the juice. Spread them in a single layer again and let cool.
  • Enjoy warm or at room temperature


Kasoori methi – It is dried fenugreek leaves. It is essential part of a tandoori chicken marinade. It is available in all Indian grocery stores, some Asian stores or Amazon. 
Tandoori chicken is known for the iconic bright orange color. This is achieved from using orange food color. You could totally avoid if you do not wish to use. 
Do not reduce the amount of oil. 

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