Chickpeas As Street Food

Chickpeas As Street Food |

Who can deny that street foods are always tasty? I love to discover and try street foods when I visit a new city. I want to share my favorite street food as a child in this post. I must admit that I completely forgot it as it’s been a long time since I left my hometown, so how did I remember it? I made hummus the other day and a small bowl of chickpeas left. This small bowl reminded me of something vague I couldn’t figure out easily. I had to watch these chickpeas in the bowl for some more seconds until I deeply dug into my memories and bingo! “I used to buy it from peddlers s as a kid!” I screamed.

There are peddlers selling boiled chickpeas on the streets of Adana, a city in the South of Turkey and in other small cities near it. Peddlers generally carry boiled chickpeas in a bucket and measure it with a tea glass. They have paper cones packed around their waists and when a kid wants to buy, they put a tea glass of boiled chickpeas into a paper cone, sprinkle a little salt, cumin and chili powder(optional) in the twinking of an eye and give it to him. You don’t need a spoon if you buy it from a peddler, use your hands. You know most street foods don’t require cutlery at all! And it is free to lick your fingers while enjoying these chickpeas. These peddlers also enter drinking houses or pubs called meyhane and sell chickpeas to customers visiting each table and ask if they would like to have some chickpeas with their drinks, which is generally raki.

If you are looking for healthy snacks for your kids, make this easy peasy street food minus chili. You can even prepare your paper cones from colorful papers to make it more attractive for kids. Also, you can serve them in small colorful cones at parties to your guests. I’m sure it will be a winner!

Chickpeas As Street Food
  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili
  1. Sprinkle spices on boiled chickpeas.
  2. Either mix or leave as is and serve.


  1. says

    Wow how lovely custom! I’ve never tasted chickpeas on the street. It’s healthy and delicious.

    The only variant here that occasionally is sold on street is faina, made with chickpeas flour.
    Snacks on street, unfortunately here, aren’t healthy in most of cases, really they are full of kcals.



  2. says

    I love chickpeas … especially when they’re prepared like this so that their flavor shines through!

  3. OysterCulture says

    Love the sounds of this tasty treat. Thanks so much for racking your brains to come up with this wonderful sounding recipe to share with us.

  4. Kate@Diethood says

    I loooove snacking on chickpeas! In Macedonia they also sell them on the streets, but they are roasted… and delicious!

  5. says

    I love chickpeas as a snack! Great idea. They are good roasted with salt as well for a crunchier snack.

  6. says

    Chickpeas as street food sounds amazing! I wish that was common here in NYC, too. I remember buying a sweet potato from a street vendor in Egypt and thinking it was the best thing ever.


  1. […] Everything started with a friend’s reminding me of chickpea flour! I asked a question on my facebook page the other day: “Which food reminds you of your childhood?” And one of the answers was roasted chickpea flour, which has a special place in childhood of Turkish people born in 80s. I almost forgot this amusing snack of my childhood! We call roasted chickpeas leblebi in Turkish and it’s one of our favorite snacks with drinks. It is also perfect to suppress your appetite or hunger. When roasted chickpeas are ground, that interesting childhood snack comes out! It was one of my favorite snacks just like spicy Chickpeas as Street Food. […]

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