How to Cook Raw Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans

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Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are one of the earliest cultivated vegetables and are very popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. They are high in protein and fiber and are a good source of carbohydrates. These can be cooked in just a few minutes if they are canned, but the raw or dried varieties require more preparation before cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Chickpeas
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Wash the raw chickpeas to remove any stones or grit that may have stayed with them.

  • Place the chickpeas in a pan of salted water and leave to soak overnight. It is not always necessary to soak overnight, but it should be for at least 4 hours.

  • Strain the chickpeas and wash with clean water.

  • Place the chickpeas in a saucepan, cover with water and place over high heat.

  • Bring the water to the boil, reduce the temperature and simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Remove any foam that develops on the surface of the water.

  • Strain the chickpeas and serve as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • This method can be replicated by soaking the chickpeas and then cooking for a similar amount of time as part of a casserole or curry.

References

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