Thursday, November 14, 2013

Spicy Chickpeas Snack- World Diabetes Day

Spicy Chickpeas

Today is World Diabetes Day and Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen has organized an event  and a group of bloggers are sharing diabetic friendly recipes. It is wonderful to be part of the group. Three members of my family are diabetic, my mom and my in laws. My in- laws today attended a camp, organized by medical center, to help diabetic patients. World Diabetes Day is observed all around the world, to bring better awareness to this  diseases, which if left undiagnosed or unregulated will lead to chronic life threatening situations like heart diseases, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. But a healthy life style,controlled diet and regular checkups has been an effective way in controlling diabetes and preventing serious situations. In recent years there is an alarming rise of diabetic patients around the globe and   researchers point out that the number of people living with diabetes may rise to 592 million by 2035. So  it is important to know more about diabetes. Check here for details.

Changes in diet especially fiber and protein rich food helps to reduce diabetes symptoms and severe complication .Including more vegetables, fruits,nuts,legumes is the effective way to lead a healthy normal life for diabetic patients. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans is a healthy food,protein and fiber rich.Chickpeas has 27% of carbohydrates which may be alarming but it also has dietary fiber which helps to limit the effect of chickpeas on blood sugar level.Fiber rich foods regulates after- meal blood glucose levels. Chickpeas also has essential nutrients that the body needs. This is a quick and easy snack, spicy and tangy. Try this,you will surely love it.

Cooked Chickpeas/garbanzo beans- 1 1/2 cup
Onion- 1 medium
Garlic- 3-4 cloves
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Green chilly- 2
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly Powder- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Coriander leaves chopped- a hand full
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Oil- 2 tsp
Salt to taste

Add onions,garlic,ginger, green chilly and curry leaves into a food processor and make a course paste and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when the splutter add the onion and garlic mixture and saute till golden brown (or till the raw flavor disappears). Add turmeric powder and chilly powder and stir fry for a minute. Add cooked chick peas, lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and stir fry for one minute. Serve with tea.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. thanks suja for joining with me in diabetes awareness on this world diabetes day. Love this masala chickpeas.

  2. Lovely presentation.. happy to follow u, would b happier if u do the same..

  3. Chickpea salad looks yum.. Glad you made them :)

  4. My favorite snack !! Good one for the event !

  5. Very healthy and delicious snack.. looks great!!

  6. My all time favorite..very filling and guilt-free!


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