Càlia e Simenza – Chickpea & Pumpkin Seed Snack
October 15, 2015
I am currently reading a book called 'The Shape of the Water' by Andrea Camilleri and, at one point, the main character Montalbano describes enjoying a street snack called "càlia e simenza, a mixture of roasted chickpeas and salted pumpkin seeds" which he ate out of a paper cone as he strolled along.
As it's coming up to Halloween, I knew we would have a plentiful supply of pumpkin seeds and as a Mum, I'm always on the hunt for new snacks ideas for the kids.
We first had to check out how to pronounce the dish (using Google Translate) and then set about trying to recreate the dish.
The snack was an instant hit with the kids who now want to take them regularly to school. As for Mum and Dad, we loved them too as they're a healthy alternative to crisps and when enjoyed with a glass of Peroni, you really do feel like you're in Sicilly.
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Yields: Snacks for 5
They were so delicious and really easy for the kids to put together themselves. Younger children will need help getting the trays in and out of the oven.
If you are using shop bought toasted pumpkin seeds then skip step 5 and 6 and add them straight into a bowl with the chickpeas when they come out of the oven.
I've added this onto my bucket list to taste Càlia e Simenza out of a paper cone as I stroll through the streets of Sicily just like Montalbano. Saluti.