Nuts, especially peanuts, are a staple snack item in the Caribbean, but there are the things that are not quite nuts …but equally delicious!
Chickpeas, Garbanzo beans, Channa. Let’s stick with channa.
Fried Channa seasoned with garlic, hot pepper (scotch bonnet or cayenne), salt and maybe some chadon beni (cilantro) is THE ultimate study snack, movie snack, get-up-in the-middle-of-the-night-snackish snack. And yes, much better tasting, more nutritious—chickpeas pack good amounts of protein, are low in fat and rich in fibre—and absolutely more satisfying than popcorn.
There are many recipes around to make this, but seriously, it is so much easier to reach into your #SpiceIsandBites snack box, especially in the middle of the night.
Fried Split Peas—also known as ‘Spees’—is another bite sized, salty crunch, made with and without pepper.
I’ve tasted versions with dried herbs sprinkled on top. To eat their own. Split peas are loaded with fibre and will help keep the munchies away – very helpful when cramming for exams!
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