Because of this you have to learn to prepare dinner chickpeas (from scratch!)

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are tiny but powerful wonders full of protein. Their subtle nutty taste works well with soups, curries, salads, and more. While grabbing a ready-made can of beans can be tempting, learning to cook chickpeas pays off in many ways.

Chickpeas story

A legume that originated in the Middle East. Many cultural dishes are still based on chickpeas today. In his book “Beans: A History”, Ken Albala stated that chickpeas are 10,000 years old and that the name “chickpea bean” is of Spanish origin. Chickpeas are less common, but have different colors than the usual beige shade. There are also red chickpeas, brown chickpeas, and even black chickpeas.

According to Albala, chickpeas were often eaten as an after-dinner snack in the Mediterranean. Chickpea flour, a staple in many gluten-free kitchens, also has a long history. Near Nice, France, chickpea flour is still used to this day to make socca, a crepe-like dish. Similarly, near Genoa in Italy, chickpea flour formed farinata, which is very similar to socca.

With the myriad of uses for chickpeas, they prove worthy in any chef’s kitchen.

Chickpea diet

Just one cup of chickpeas contains an impressive 39 grams of protein. Chickpeas are also an excellent source of manganese, folic acid, copper, fiber, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition linked chickpeas to weight loss, improving cholesterol levels, treating diabetes, reducing the risk of prostate and stomach cancer, and maintaining digestive health.

How to cook chickpeas

Cooking chickpeas is easy and hassle-free if you follow our step-by-step guide. Dried beans are cheaper to buy and lack the BPA residue that canned beans often have. Plus, cooking them from scratch gives you flavor and control over their texture.

Step one
Place the dried chickpeas in a large bowl. Sort and remove any stones or shriveled beans.

Step two
Soak your chickpeas in a large bowl of water overnight. The water should cover the chickpeas two to three inches. In the morning or after eight hours the beans have enlarged. Drain the beans and rinse.

Step three
Hearth method:
Add three cups of water to a large saucepan for each cup of beans. Add a teaspoon of salt and cover the saucepan with a lid. Bring to a boil and then bring to a boil. Cook for 60 to 90 minutes, or until the beans are soft and easy to pierce with a fork.

Instant Pot Method:
If you are using an instant pot or pressure cooker, avoid soaking the beans for long to avoid boiling over. Soak the beans for about five to six hours. Cover the beans with water and cook for ten minutes. If you haven’t soaked the beans, cover the beans with water and cook for 30 minutes.

Step four
Skim off any excess foam and drain the chickpeas. Store leftover chickpeas in an airtight container for up to five days.

Chickpea recipes

After learning how to cook chickpeas, you can use them in one of these delicious recipes!

Radicchio Salad with Green Olives and Chickpeas

Vegan radicchio salad with green olives, chickpeas and balsamic dressing

Vegan Thai curry recipe with Kabocha pumpkin and coconut

vegan thai curry

Image via bookchen

Delicious, hearty and spicy roasted chickpeas

roasted vegetables - roasted chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas Image from Shutterstock

Vegan, gluten-free curry cauliflower fried rice with roasted chickpeas

Cauliflower rice

Image via Kate Gavlick

Hearty vegan vegetable soup with sweet potatoes and chickpeas

Vegan soup recipe with sweet potatoes, chickpeas and rosemary

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Delicious hearty and spicy roasted chickpea recipe
Vegan, gluten-free curry cauliflower fried rice with roasted chickpeas
Hearty vegan vegetable soup recipe with sweet potatoes and chickpeas

Images via Karissa Bowers

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