Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas with Indian Seasoning

When you’re in the mood for a crunchy snack but don’t want all the oil in potato chips, try chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans! These crispy air fryer chickpeas with Indian seasoning are crunchy, flavorful, and easy to make. You’ll happily reach for them anytime!

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Why This Recipe Works

Crispy chickpeas only take about 20 minutes to cook in your air fryer. That’s a pretty quick way to make a crunchy snack that you can pick at all week.

While I’m using an Indian inspired seasoning, these garbanzo beans are a great vessel for all sorts of different flavors and seasoning combinations. Try roasted chickpeas with buffalo, ranch, mediterranean, barbecue, salt & vinegar, and whatever else you like!

Whether you go sweet, spicy, or savory, air fryer chickpeas are versatile, flavorful, and the perfect snack for anytime!

What Ingredients You’ll Need

air fryer indian chickpeas ingredients on a counter
  • 15-ounce can cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp paprika 

Ingredient Substitutions and Variations

  • Chickpeas. You’ll need cooked chickpeas, most often found in a can. If you want to use dried chickpeas instead, you’ll need to soak them overnight. Then, cook in a pressure cooker for about an hour (or 4 hours on high in a slow cooker)
  • Salt. You can substitute other salt types such as pink or smoked, if preferred
  • Seasonings. garam masala can be substituted for other types of Masala seasoning or curry powder. Paprika can be substituted for chili powder or another seasoning with some heat
  • Variations. Swap the paprika and Masala powder for equivalent amounts of Frank’s red hot powder and ranch dressing powder for buffalo ranch chickpeas!  Alternatively, create your own flavor combinations

How to Make Air Fryer Chickpeas Indian Style

  1. Pat your chickpeas dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture
pat chickpeas dry with a paper towel
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or 380°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings)
  2. In a bowl, combine chickpeas with olive oil, salt, garam masala, and paprika, stirring well to evenly coat
combine chickpeas with oil and all seasonings and stir well
  1. Place the seasoned chickpeas in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook in batches if necessary
layer indian seasoned chickpeas in air fryer basket
  1. Air fry for 15-25 minutes at 375°F, pausing to shake the basket every 5 minutes, until chickpeas are crispy
  2. Enjoy warm, or cool for storage
indian chickpeas can be served warm cool or room temperature

What Can You Do With Roasted Chickpeas?

  • Snack
  • Salad topping
  • Soup or stew topper
  • Inside sandwiches
  • Pasta topping

In short, you can use roasted chickpeas a number of ways if you’re not just eating them by the handful!  

Use them in place of Air Fryer Croutons on your salad, or top a bowl of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. They’re also great in place of chips in your sandwich or burger for crunch, or as a side to Air Fryer Frozen Falafel. You could even just dress up a bowl of pasta! 

Recipe FAQs

Can You Put Chickpeas in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can put chickpeas in an air fryer.

It is more commonly used for roasting and crisping already-cooked chickpeas. If you are using uncooked chickpeas which require boiling, you will need to use another method.

Why Are My Roasted Chickpeas Not Crunchy?

If your roasted chickpeas are not crunchy, you didn’t cook them for long enough, or did not shake the air fryer basket well and they heated unevenly.

Make sure to cook them until they are crispy, and do not give under pressure from your finger. If needed, spritz additional oil during the cooking process to help them crisp further.

Is It Normal For Chickpeas to Pop in the Air Fryer?

Yes, it is normal for chickpeas to pop in the air fryer. It’s caused by internal moisture releasing as steam during cooking.

Sometimes, this may cause the chickpea to split open as well.  Use caution when shaking the basket, as they sometimes tend to jump with a popcorn effect.

How Do You Store Leftover Roasted Chickpeas?

Leftover roasted chickpeas are best stored in an airtight container or jar in a dark place at room temperature.

They should be consumed within 1-2 weeks.  It is normal for the chickpeas to lose some crispiness over this time period.

Recipe Expert Advice

  • To easily drain canned chickpeas, use a colander or strainer.  Make sure to rinse in cold water until all the bubbles disappear
  • When you pat your chickpeas dry with the paper towels, it will dislodge a lot of the skins. You can pick them out and discard them!
  • It took me about 22 minutes in a Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer to get my chickpeas fully crisp. Other air fryers may require slightly more or less time
  • To test for doneness, place a chickpea on a spoon. Then, use your finger or the back of another spoon (they’re hot) and apply pressure. If the chickpea “snaps” and breaks into pieces, it’s done. If it “mushes” at all and doesn’t make a crunching sound, it needs more time
easy air fryer indian chickpeas snack

More Air Fryer Snacks to Try

Final Thoughts

These crispy air fryer chickpeas make for the perfect crunchy snack, and they’re far less oily than a traditional chip would be.

You can season these garbanzo beans up much the same as you would potato chips or popcorn, though, with a variety of different sweet and savory flavor options. You’ll never get bored!

If you do love the Indian flavors, though, make sure to check out our list of the best air fryer Indian recipes you can try for some other new dishes to explore!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas Indian Style

Crispy and crunchy air fryer chickpeas get a pop of flavor from Indian spices in this easy recipe. They’re great for a snack or topping up other dishes for added crunch!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 4
Calories 132 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 15 Ounce can cooked chickpeas, drained (also known as garbanzo beans)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • ½ Tsp garam masala
  • ½ Tsp paprika

Instructions
 

  • Pat your chickpeas dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture
    15 Ounce can cooked chickpeas, drained
  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or 380°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings)
  • In a bowl, combine chickpeas with olive oil, salt, garam masala, and paprika, stirring well to evenly coat
    1 Tbsp olive oil, ½ Tsp salt, ½ Tsp garam masala, ½ Tsp paprika
  • Place the seasoned chickpeas in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook in batches if necessary
  • Air fry for 15-25 minutes at 375°F, pausing to shake the basket every 5 minutes, until chickpeas are crispy
  • Enjoy warm, or cool for storage

Notes

  • To easily drain canned chickpeas, use a colander or strainer.  Make sure to rinse in cold water until all the bubbles disappear
  • When you pat your chickpeas dry with the paper towels, it will dislodge a lot of the skins. You can pick them out and discard them!
  • It took me about 22 minutes in a Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer to get my chickpeas fully crisp. Other air fryers may require slightly more or less time
  • To test for doneness, place a chickpea on a spoon. Then, use your finger or the back of another spoon (they’re hot) and apply pressure. If the chickpea “snaps” and breaks into pieces, it’s done. If it “mushes” at all and doesn’t make a crunching sound, it needs more time
  •  If you want to use dried chickpeas instead of pre-cooked canned, you’ll need to soak them overnight. Then, cook in a pressure cooker for about an hour (or 4 hours on high in a slow cooker)
  • You can substitute other salt types such as pink or smoked, if preferred
  • Garam masala can be substituted for other types of Masala seasoning or curry powder. Paprika can be substituted for chili powder or another seasoning with some heat
  • Variations: Swap the paprika and Masala powder for equivalent amounts of Frank’s red hot powder and ranch dressing powder for buffalo ranch chickpeas. Or, create your own flavor combinations!
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 265.3gCalories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 5.5gFat: 5.1gSaturated Fat: 0.7gSodium: 440mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 4.8gSugar: 3gCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg
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