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Herb and fennel fried salted chickpeas

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for herb and fennel fried salted chickpeas.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking plus soaking, drying
Herb and fennel fried salted chickpeas
Herb and fennel fried salted chickpeas

You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead to soak the chickpeas.


  • 250 gm dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water, drained (1¼ cups)
  • For shallow-frying: vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch sage, leaves picked
  • 1 bunch oregano, leaves picked
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds


  • 1
    Combine chickpeas and enough cold water to cover generously in a saucepan (do not salt water), bring to the boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer until tender (30-40 minutes). Drain, spread over a tray lined with a tea towel and set aside to dry to remove excess moisture.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat until shimmering, add half the chickpeas and shallow-fry until turning golden (3-5 minutes). Add half the herbs and half the fennel seeds, cook until fragrant (4-6 minutes), then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Transfer all ingredients to a bowl, add 1 tbsp sea salt flakes, toss to combine and serve. Herb and fennel fried salted chickpeas will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.


This recipe is from the April 2013 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: Refreshing prosecco. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Lisa Featherby