Sunday, August 7, 2011

I got to have it so I made it myself!

Stir fry chickpeas with dried chilli and curry leaves is one of my favorite snacks. I used to buy this from a hawker in SS15 Subang Jaya who also sells vadais plus many other delicious snacks. When I went there yesterday, she was not opened. I was so disappointed and when I returned home, I decided to make my own. Since I wanted to eat it immediately, I used the canned chickpeas instead of those that I need to soak overnight. This is very simple to make and it is truly a delicious snack. Try eating them with a glass of wine or beer and it is divine! I can just eat the whole serving of chickpeas all by myself. Oh yes, it is THAT delicious!

Here is the lady and her family that I used to buy the chickpeas from. It is very heart warming to see the whole family helping out in the business and they all seemed to be very happy working together. I love seeing happy family! It is worth making a trip to this hawker because almost everything she sells are delicious. I will die for the vadai and the deep fried onions. I like that she makes it so spicy. It is crispy outside and soft inside where the lentils are well cooked not like some where the lentils are not properly cooked and so hard that will almost break my old teeth. Her prices are very reasonable too. 

This is what I buy always!!

Stir fry chickpeas

1 can chick peas
1 medium white onion, sliced
5 dried chillis,
1 cup curry leaves
1 tbs mustard seeds
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp olive oil
salt to taste

Drain the chick peas and set aside. Soak dried chillies in warm water for 20 mins. Drain and cut into smaller pieces.  Wash curry leaves and set aside. Heat wok with olive oil and add onion and dried chillis. Fry till onion is translucent and dried chillis are dark in color. Add mustard seeds and fry till fragrant. Put in the chick peas and curry leaves and stir fry till you can smell the fragrance of the curry leaves. Add curry powder and salt to taste.  Mix well and serve.

Note: It is very tasty even eaten cold. Actually, you do not really need to follow my measurement, you can use your own to suit your taste.  I think this make a pretty appetizer when you have friends over for dinner, don't you think?


  1. I love it when I can recreate a favorite snack or meal at home! Way to go.

  2. Look delicious Quay Po, I love chikpeas, gloria

  3. I love chickpeas and am thrilled to find a new way to prepare them...thank you for yet another brilliant recipe :)

  4. used to buy that in my school canteen. LOL 20sens one packet :p

  5. I miss Vadei so much..sobs!!!The chickpeas ( yours, I mean )look so delish.

  6. I adore chickpeas in any way shape or form. I like that you used the canned variety here because when one has a craving for roasted chick peas, it must be quick!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Veronica, love the blend of flavors. I've never added curry leaves before. Will give it a whirl!

  7. Curry leaves and chickpeas! that will be awesome. I really like chickpeas- have the roasted sort as a snack very often.. so i know this appeals to me!

  8. It must very satisfying that you can cook anything you set your mind to. Congratulations.


  9. Gosh, I have not taken this for a long long time! Yours looks perfect.
    Btw, Happy Friendship Day!

  10. Yes, I have eaten this stir fried chickpeas before and found them to be very delicious! You cooked them just like those I bought!

  11. lovely recipe I recently roasted chick peas for a snack so good have a fun sunday

  12. They look marvelous! Funny what we can come up with when we get a craving! :)

  13. Delicious! I love those when I was living in Malaysia. Especially the muruku with lots of poppy seeds. n the steamed chickpeas.....drooling!

  14. An easy dish with lots of traditional flavors! Yum!

  15. I love chickpeas too! And I usually just boil it with dried chili! yummy!

  16. Love when you feature local vendors in addition to your fabulous recipes.

  17. That sounds my kind of snack, too. I`m going to have a go at that later. Thanks for sharing.

  18. So long did not eat these already... but not really a fans of it. Prefer deep fried stuffs. Thou unhealthy, but they can satisfy my tummy. ehhe

  19. That is a good looking chickpeas dish, Quay! The curry and other spices is making me crave it already. Have a good week Quay! :)

  20. This is quite a famous dish in India, its made in almost all the temples... and handed out to the devotees and its always fulfilling. Ah, good old memories...
    Nice to see your blog,

  21. I love to eat this as well, next time I can make my own, thks for sharing ^_^

  22. @Mary
    Yes me too:D

    I think this is a food that is easy to like.

    I am very sure you will be addicted to chickpeas prepared this way

    @small kucing
    haha I remember that, during my time, it is only 5 sen

    same here as you can see:D

    Thanks. You are a vadai fan too? Perhaps you should try making it yourself.

    Using the canned ones are more expensive but no need to wait for the peas to soaked hehe

    I like roasted chickpeas too but I like this this preparation better.

    Thanks. You are absolutely right.

    Belated Happy Friendship Day! So glad to know you, my friend:D

    Happy to hear you had a fun Sunday.

    Oh yes, when you want something enough, you will find a way to get it hehe

    Me too, I am a big fan of muruku. Must try to make that myself one day.

    You got it. This has lots of flavors in it.

    I am so glad you think so.

    Welcome. That sounds like an even more easy way to cook it.

    @That Girl
    Ya, I love this hawker because they really are a happy family. They seems to love what they do and take pride in it. That's what I love most.

    Thanks for your visit and hope to chat with you often.

    I know many people love deep fried stuff, my son is one of them

    Thanks and you too have wonderful week.

    Thanks for your visit and comment. Do drop by often so we can chat.

    Sure you can! No need to thank lah, friends must share share ma? hehe

  23. These look great! I just bought a large can of chickpeas so - good timing!

  24. i never eaten chickpeas cooked in this way before. Only eaten the ones from the kacang putih man and also did that two times with roasted vegetables. Is it really that delicious? oh, i must go and check out from the indian stalls first and see if i like that.

  25. Hello Quaypo, this is such a simple and delicious recipe that I will definitely try because I love chickpeas. Best thing is the cold version will also go absolutely well with icy cold beers in summer! Thanks for sharing! :)

  26. Hi Quay Po, wow! I sure love this. When good TV movie showing, that box will be cleared fast, ha ha.
    Will ask my wife try this with your recipe....
    Very nice.
    Have a nice day and keep a song in your heart.

  27. oh what a healthy appetizer, love chick peas we called it garobanzos.

  28. EXCELLENT... welcome back, glad you submitted this, always looking for lunch salad recipes

  29. This looks really tasty - It looks easy enough to take to work as a packed lunch too!

  30. @mjskit
    haha I got six sense!

    good idea, try it from the Indian store first and if you like it then only make it yourself.

    Oh YEZZ, it goes very well with a ice cold beer!

    @Uncle Lee
    You got it!! mine just disappear before half an hour into a movie on my TV hehe

    Come to think of it, it is a healthy snacks and I do know that it is call garbanzo beans:D

    This is it! one of the the best lunch salad you can have

    Yes you can:D

  31. That looks really good! and you make it sound so easy too! that's often how i end up making sth i've never tried before-- because i can't buy it/ find it (esp when im in london)

  32. Oh I just LOVE this!!! Looks so delicious and healthy! :)

  33. These look like such a yummy snack! Love the spices!

  34. I made chickpeas with curry leaves before and loved it so much! Been years since I have done it - thanks for reminding me. :)

  35. This looks perfect for the nights when I don't feel like spending hours in the kitchen.

  36. @Shu Han
    Sorry for this late reply. I know it is not easy to find certain ingredients or the dish itself for Asian food in western country.

    Apologize for the late reply. Thanks:D

    @ cocinaencantada
    Pardon me for this late reply. Thanks for your visit and see you around.

    You are welcome. Sometimes, we will forget about some dishes that we had before and then when we see it in th blogsphere, we want to make them straight away isn;t it?

    Yes this is good when you want something simple and delicious.

  37. Quay Po, I make this last week with some changes. Thanks for sharing, it's very addictive.

  38. will this work with fresh mini red chillis?


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