This is a lovely, spiced roasted chickpea recipe. I find it is even popular with those who don’t normally like eating beans and chickpeas (which in my experience, tends to be the guys!) 

Pronunciation

One of the most tricky things about Sriracha is how do you pronounce it. Apparently, it is see-ROTCH-ah.  So now you know. You can ignore that first r.

Sriracha sauce history

Sriracha has only been available in the US since the 1980s. Indeed, I’ve only very recently discovered it and bought my first bottle just this month. It wasn’t available in England when I was growing up, and I don’t know if you can get it there now? I’ll take a look next time I go back.

Sriracha is a bright red multi-purpose hot sauce. There seems to be some debate over where it originated. One story goes that a Vietnamese man living in LA was unable to find a hot sauce that he liked, so he started making his own. He went on to sell the sauce out of the back of his van, and then formed a company to make and sell it. Nowadays, more than 10 million bottles of Huy Fond Foods Sriracha sauce are sold every year. This is the brand with the rooster on the bottle – so it is frequently called Rooster sauce.  

How to use Sriracha sauce

There are many ways you can use the sauce, including:

  • alone, as a dipping sauce
  • mixed with other dip ingredients to spice it up (creamy bases or hummus or..)
  • added to soups and stews
  • as a marinade for meat, BBQ sauces etc
  • added to eggs
  • as part of a spicy cocktail
  • in the recipe below!

Like many sauces, it does contain sugar but only a gram per teaspoon – which just gives a hint of sweetness to the spice.

As a new sriracha user, I tried using it for roasting chickpeas. It gives a nice spice to the chickpeas but it really isn’t too hot or overpowering. The sauce is a lot less hot than eating  jalpenos. Just gives the chickpeas a bit more flavor. If you want it spicier, just add another tablespoon of sauce. 

Sriracha roasted chickpeas

Infographic for Sriracha roasted chickpeas recipe from CALMERme.com

These baking directions give you chickpeas that are a little crispy but soft on the inside. If you prefer crunchy chickpeas, increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees instead. You can also cook them a little longer to make sure they are the crispness you like.  Personally, I like the softer texture.

The importance of eating chickpeas, bean, legumes

According to the Blue Zones, chickpeas, beans, and lentils are the #1 longevity food. They are low in fat, and high in fiber, with good protein level. And they are inexpensive. People who live in the Blue Zones eat on average a cup of beans a day. Beans are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. The US dietary guidelines suggest we eat half a cup a day. 

If you or your family aren’t keen bean eaters, try this recipe. Your gut microbiota will love you for it.

Do you use Sriracha in your cooking? What is your favorite way of incorporating it? 

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