Fried Chick Peas (Channa)

Submission by: Erica

Cook’s Note: “Here is one of our favorite family recipes and it is a staple in West Indian culture. It makes a great snack and is usually sold in all West Indian stores. The peas can be fried whole or split, both varieties are sold!”

SERVES: Approximately 8



  • 1 lb. bag Jack Rabbit Chick Peas
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • Hot pepper, to taste
  • 1 T. salt
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying



  • Soak chick peas overnight making sure the water covers the peas.
  • Combine garlic, hot pepper and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Drain peas and remove peels.
  • Heat enough oil in a pot for deep frying. Fry chick peas until they are light brown, approximately 5-6 minutes. Remove and place into bowl with seasoning and mix thoroughly. Cool and serve.


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