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!
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Boiled Chickpeas As Street Food
Chickpeas are boiled and then seasoned. A super easy healthy snack!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Turkish
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 cup chickpeas, raw
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili
- Soak raw chickpeas overnight.
- Cook them in a pot until it boils. Let it simmer until tender. Drain and put aside.
- Sprinkle spices on boiled chickpeas.
- Give it a good stir and serve warm.
This is a type of street food sold in the south of Turkey. And the chickpeas are always warm.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 193
- Sugar: 5.4 g
- Sodium: 322.9 mg
- Fat: 3.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 32 g
- Protein: 10.4 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: boiled chickpeas
Thank you for this post. My first (and only) experience with this was just recently in Malaysia. I loved it (and my doubtful husband who said he didn't want any, ate half of it!). Malaysia really is a melting pot of cultures
Wow! You tasted it in Malaysia? Didn't know that they have this uncommon snack there. It is not well known even in my country. It's great to hear that people make it in another place away from us. They are addictive, aren't they?
this looks wonderful
chickpeas is a lovely street food
This has to be one of my all time favourite snacks!
Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan 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.
I love chickpeas as a snack! Great idea. They are good roasted with salt as well for a crunchier snack.
I loooove snacking on chickpeas! In Macedonia they also sell them on the streets, but they are roasted... and delicious!
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.
I love chickpeas ... especially when they're prepared like this so that their flavor shines through!
Hester Casey - Alchemy says
Zerrin, this snack really does look finger-licking good. It's really simple and much healthier than many other quick snacks.
Gera@Sweets Foods Blog 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.