If you want to stay away from the crunchy potato chips and your palate desires new flavors, textures and aromas, the Maya Kaimal new Chickpea Chips may well be a tasteful surprise. Available in three distinctive flavors Lightly Salted, Seeded Multigrain and Sweet Chili, you name the one of your preference.
I will focus on the Sweet Chili, my favorite.
Maya Kaimal Sweet Chili Chickpea Chips are a crispy chickpea and rice snack, combining glorious bean with rice and sesame seeds much like the South Indian snack murukku, and the savory feature comes from the Asian spice asafetida. It is said to capture the perfect Asian balance of sugar, red chili and mellow sautéed garlic. Made with chickpea flour, long grain rice flour, salt, black sesame seeds and dry hot sauce, those chips are free from free from gluten, trans fats and GMOs and are kosher and vegan certified. In addition, chickpeas are said to be loaded with protein and fiber so what else you can possibly ask?
Let’s take a look at the nutrition facts: Each serving of 1-oz. has 140 calories; 7 grams of fat, 130 grams of sodium –rather low compared to some other savory snacks- and 16 grams of carbs. I am surprised that protein is only 2 grams per serving - rather low for a high protein snack. Cholesterol is 0 and so is trans fats.
I love chickpeas in a snack and this one, balanced with the chili spices and black sesame is not only tasty but also pretty in its perfectly round shape. I would serve them with a crispy and fresh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) and keep the entire bowl for myself!