Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are beige-colored legumes that are full of nutrients such as iron, folate and vitamin B6. You can use versatile, mild-tasting chickpeas to create a variety of healthful dishes, including soups, stews and hummus. You must cook dry chickpeas for several hours before preparing them to create a soft consistency. For convenience, prepare the legumes in a crock pot while you go about your day.
Things You'll Need
- 1 pound dried chickpeas
- 2 1/2 quart crock pot
- Seasonings, such as salt, pepper, vegetables or dried herbs, to taste
Place 1 pound of dried chickpeas in a colander. Rinse the legumes under running water as you sort through them and look for any dirt or debris.
Transfer the rinsed and sorted chickpeas to a 2 1/2 quart crock pot. Pour 7 cups of water over the legumes.
Add seasonings, such as salt, ground black pepper chopped onions, minced garlic, a bay leaf or dried oregano, thyme or basil, to the crock pot for flavoring if you desire. Stir the ingredients well.
Cover the crock pot and cook the chickpeas on high for four hours or low for eight hours. The chickpeas should have a soft, tender consistency.
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