How To Cook Chickpeas

March 25, 2014 | How To's
How To Cook Chickpeas |

Photo Credit: The Wimpy Vegetarian

As I am a big fan of the dry goods section in the food market, chickpeas are something I regularly have on hand, usually to make my Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.  I greatly enjoy the flavor of home-cooked chickpeas over the canned; they yield a fresher taste and a more sturdy consistency.  But they do require a bit of time and attention before they are ready to be used.

The Soaking Process

  1. Begin by picking over the chickpeas to make sure there is no debris.
  2. Rinse the chickpeas in a colander.
  3. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and fill the bowl with water (which should come up a few inches higher than the chickpeas — they will soak up A LOT!)
  4. Let soak overnight, or for about 8 hours.

The Cooking Process

  1. Drain the chickpeas, rinse, and drain again.
  2. Place the chickpeas in a large pot (like a Dutch Oven), and fill the pot with cold water a few inches over the tops of the chickpeas.
  3. Toss in a decent pinch of salt.
  4. Set the pot on a stove and bring the water to a boil.  As you bring it to a boil, you will notice foam starting to form and collect on the surface; skim off the foam and discard.
  5. When the water comes to a boil, lower the temperature to medium-low and simmer the chickpeas for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until they have reached your desired consistency.
  6. Drain and rinse the chickpeas in cold water for 1 minute (to stop the cooking process), and either enjoy them right away, or pack them away for later use!

Info Tid-Bits

  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas should yield about 4 cups of cooked.
  • The chickpeas can be stored in the fridge for a week or so, and can be frozen for up to a month or so.
  • Surprisingly, the chickpeas are still amazing after they have been frozen and thawed out!

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