6 Chickpea Snacks That Are Perfect For Kids
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Chickpeas also known as ‘chana’ or ‘chole,’ are highly nutritious and a staple of the Indian household. They are considered nutritional powerhouses beneficial for raising kids. They satisfy the hunger pangs of the kids and can be transformed into a wide range of mouthwatering snacks that will be loved by them.

Chickpeas are extremely versatile and tasty. Whether cooked into gravies, blended into creamy hummus, or roasted for a crunchy snack, chickpeas are a nutritious addition to any dish. They are packed with protein, fibre, and essential nutrients. Chickpeas offer a wholesome choice for kids. Although making them eat chickpeas can be quite tricky, worry not, as this article will provide you with excellent chickpea snacks. Take a look: 

  • Roasted Chickpeas

This dish is incredibly simple to make which is a definite hit among kids of all ages. Crunchy and flavourful roasted chickpeas can be attained by draining and rinsing chickpeas, which are tossed in olive oil and seasoning of your choice such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chilli flakes. Roast them in the oven until crispy and golden brown. These snacks are perfect for munching on the go or as a crunchy topping for salads and soups. 

  • Chana Chaat 

This is a popular street food snack option in India and is widely loved by kids. It is made by mixing boiled chickpeas with chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and green chillies. The mixture is spiced up with chaat masala, and lemon juice and topped with fresh coriander. This tangy and spicy snack is not delicious but provides sufficient nutrients. 

  • Besan Chakli

This dish is a popular savoury spiral-shaped snack made from chickpea flour (besan) and spices. Here, the dough is piped into a spiral shape which is achieved using a chakli maker. It is then deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. These are perfect for snacking during playtime for kids. 

  • Chana Jor Garam

This is a popular street food snack that is widely preferred by kids all around. It is made from roasted chickpea flour which is mixed with spices, salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. It is crunchy in texture and tangy, bursting with flavours. This is an irresistible treat for kids. Offer it in small paper cones for fun and interactive snacking experience.  

  • Chana Dal Vada

Also known as masala vada, this is a crispy and flavourful snack. The snack is made from coarsely ground split chickpeas which are mixed with onions, green chillies, and spices. The mixture is then shaped into small patties which are deeply fried till golden brown and crunchy. These vadas are perfect for satisfying hungry appetites and can be served with a side of chutney or ketchup. 

  • Chana Wrap 

This is a tiffin box idea, which is filled with nutrients and flavours that will make your kids ask for more. To make chana wrap, mash boiled chickpeas along with cheese spread diced vegetables, and lemon juice. Spread the mixture on a cooked paratha and add chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and dry herbs. Wrap it for a quick and flavourful snack option.