Chickpeas are a huge part of the Middle Eastern diet and are used to make everything from falafel, to hummus, or just eaten on their own. They’re a great source of protein and totally vegan!
The key to this recipe is having za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice that is used in many different forms in dips and cooking, so make sure you don’t skip out on it. If you want to change up the way you’ve been eating chickpeas, this is the recipe for you.
- If you’re making the chickpeas from scratch, start by soaking them overnight and boiling them until they’re soft. If not, drain and rinse the chickpeas.
- Heat up oil in a pot and put the chickpeas in.
- Toss in the oil before sprinkling in salt and za’atar, a traditional Middle Eastern spice made from thyme, sumac, and other herbs.
- Cook everything for a few minutes to let the flavors absorb and then serve them alongside pita or in a salad!
You can also use these chickpeas as the center to a hummus platter, giving it some different textures and temperatures. Or you can throw them into the oven to get super crispy, and eat them as a snack or in a salad instead of croutons.