Chickpea chickpeaPosted: September 29, 2012
This post is all about the wonderful chickpea (or garbanzo bean). Not only is this notorious bean packed with protein, vitamins and minerals but it’s also delicious and fits nicely in a variety of dishes ranging from curries to salads.
Most people buy chickpeas in cans for the convenience of having them ready to go right away but then there’s the impacts of 1) the tin waste and 2) the potentially cancer causing plastic lining in some tin cans. Some stores (Whole Foods) will sell frozen bags of chickpeas. I find the tastiest and most economical way to enjoy chickpeas is to buy dried chickpeas and cook them yourself. You can purchase dried chickpeas at most health food stores in the bulk section and at some other stores (Safeway) you can find them with the dried beans.
My aunt sent me an email the other day asking what to do with dried chickpeas now that she’s bought them. We’ll auntie, there are two ways….
If you want to split up the process:
1) Soak 3-4 cups of dried chickpeas in room temperature water for about 8-12 hours until they increase in size (about double their original size). Leave room in the bowl or container for expansion or else you will have chickpeas escaping the bowl! I usually soak them in the morning before I head out for the day, then cook them in the evening when I get home.
2) Boil the chickpeas in a large pot with plenty of water for 1 hour, until tender.
If you want to get ‘er done all at once:
1) Boil 3-4 cups of dried chickpeas in water for 10 minutes and turn off heat. Let them soak for 1 hour.
2) Pour out water and rinse chickpeas. Boil chickpeas in fresh water for an hour, until tender.
Of course you can adjust your batch size to your preferences. Once the chickpeas are tender, cooled and drained you can bag them up and freeze them and use them later or you can use them right away!
Chickpeas make an excellent addition to salads, pastas, curries, dips, stir fry’s and more! If you have a favourite chickpea recipe send it my way!
In case you missed them here are a few chickpea recipes I have kicking around my kitchen:
Well what are you waiting for? Make chickpeas the star of your next meal!