I stumbled on something fun. Roasted legumes are nothing new, the roasted chickpeas in Mediterranean markets are common although I find them chalky and unpleasant. I roasted some cannellini and limas in the past (the limas are only fair). In this version, I try lentils and take the pre-processing a step further, sprouting prior to roasting.
I've been making sprouted french lentils in hopes of putting them into a bhelpuri. Once I had the sprouts in hand, I couldn't resist giving the tiny lentil a light low temp roast.
|click on this image, the big version is awesome!|
Then I salted the moist lentil sprouts and tossed them in a roasting pan with a spritz of canola spray to roast at 300F until the sprouts shriveled and started to look like spiders. Given their diminutive size, I bet they burn fast. I didn't time the roasting, but it was only about 20-30 minutes. After cooling, they're crunchy and tasty, not chalky and gooood. Enjoy.
(I showed these first to Frankie. She said when I retire I'll be a mad scientist.)