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Spicy Sour Smashed Chickpeas
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Spicy Sour Smashed Chickpeas

These spicy sour chickpeas all bursting with flavor. Besides spicy and sour there's sweet here and salty and umami, and they are perfect in a wrap, in some pita bread, or layered into a bowl.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups dry chickpeas soaked overnight, then cooked until tender. If using canned, substitute with two 15-oz cans, drained
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1 slices moderately hot green chili pepper like jalapeno or serrano cut into very thin
  • 1 inch green bell pepper cut into thin, ½--long strips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil like coconut or avocado
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tamari can sub with soy sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika (you can add a hot sauce instead like Sriracha)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala (available at Indian stores or online but if you don't have this, you can use the juice of 1 lemon)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander finely minced, for garnish


  • Heat the oil and add cumin seeds. When they start to change color and turn fragrant, add the onions and garlic and saute for two minutes.
  • Add the paprika, turmeric and chaat masala, if using, and mix for a few seconds. Add the tamari, maple syrup, ketchup, and chickpeas and mix well.
  • Add the green bell peppers and chili peppers. Stir well, lower the heat, and let everything cook together for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom. If it starts to stick, sprinkle some water.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the chickpeas, leaving some whole. If you are using lemon instead of chaat masala, add the juice at this time and mix.
  • Check for salt, garnish with some coriander, serve hot.