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How to Cook Chickpeas: Dried, Canned & Fresh

How to Cook Chickpeas: Dried, Canned & Fresh

Last Updated on 2nd March 2022 by Pauline

You may be curious as to how you can use chickpeas and various other types of dried beans and peas. If you know how to cook a dried red beans or dried black beans, chickpeas can be cooked and prepared in a similar fashion.

Knowing how to cook chickpeas gives you so many options, and you can use them to make foods like dahl, hummus, and soups. Sometimes you want to cook them very soft, like when you’re using them in a sauce, spread or dip. If they’re going to be used in a salad or a soup, you’ll probably want them to be a bit firmer.

What Are Chickpeas?

Chickpeas are just another name for garbanzo beans and are known for their nutritious benefits. They’re very filling and high in fiber and a good source of protein.

If you’re looking for something that can help you eat less and lose weight, chickpeas are a great addition to your diet. They are grown all over the world and are commonly found as snacks or staples in South America and southern parts of Asia.

Chickpeas are typically boiled, but they can be prepared in other ways as well, and I’ll get into how to cook dried chickpeas and use them in different ways in this article.

How to Grow Chickpeas

Chickpeas need lots of sunshine to grow well and tend to thrive in soil that’s not considered very nutrient rich. This would be soil where your lants are less likely to encounter diseases, experience mildew, or have to fight against competitive growth from other plants.

Chickpeas do well in soil that’s been roughly cultivated, and chickpea plants should be spaced out about three to five inches from one another.

You want to plant them anywhere from late March to early April as well as throughout the middle of June. They tend to germinate quickly when the weather is warm, and you won’t have to do too much to cultivate them once the seedlings take root.

Just pull out the weeds around them and expect your flowers to start popping up two months later. Chickpea pods should appear shortly after that.

How to Cook Chickpeas from a Can

Most people aren’t growing their own chickpeas and will usually buy them at the grocery in a can with some water. How do you prepare chickpeas from the can?

These are usually prepared by boiling them and soaking them, so if you get them in a can of water, they’ve already been soaked. You need to drain the water out and rinse the chickpeas, and then place them into a saucepan with about half cup of water.

Cook your chickpeas on medium heat and add in any seasonings or oil you want to flavor them. They will need to heat on medium for about 30 minutes, and then you can serve them up with the rest of the meal.

How long to cook chickpeas will depend on which method you’re using. If they’re dry or canned, cooking times will vary, and I will cover all the different cooking times needed for different methods of preparing chickpeas.

How to Soak Chickpeas

If you’re working with dried chickpeas, you’ll want to soak them first period before soaking, however, to get rid of any debris in the chickpeas. There may be bits of grass or other particles you need to clear out of there before soaking them. You can also rinse the chickpeas to wash off any particles that may be there.

If you have the time, you can leave the chickpeas to soak overnight. If not, there’s a quicker method you can use. For faster soaking, put your beans in a large pot and cover them with a few inches of water.

On high heat, bring your beans and water to a boil. Allow them to boil for five minutes and then remove the pot from the heat. Leave the beans to stay in the water for about an hour, and then you can start to cook them.

How to Cook Chickpeas on a Stovetop

When you’re ready to cook your chickpeas, make sure there’s about 2 inches of water covering them. If you want them firm, start by bringing the water to a boil, and then lower it and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. For softer chickpeas, after the water starts to boil, you can lower the heat and cook for 40 to 45 minutes.

You may want to add your seasonings before the chickpeas start to cook. You can add the garlic, bay leaves, and other seasonings that won’t burn during the lengthy cook time.

How to Cook Chickpeas in an Instant Pot

It may be easier using an Instant Pot to cook your chickpeas than a cooking pot on the stove. If you’re cooking them in Instant Pot or a pressure cooker, you can take your soaked chickpeas and 6 cups of water and seal the cooker.

Cook the beans on high pressure for 12 minutes. Use the natural release for a total of 10 minutes and let out the pressure.

Different kinds of pressure cookers will vary, so make sure you’re following the manufacturer instructions to cook your chickpeas this way.

How to Roast Chickpeas

If you’re looking for a different way to try these peas, then you may want to learn how to make crispy chickpeas. You can roast them to give them an interesting texture that’s not usually found in chickpea dishes.

You can use either canned or cooked chickpeas and place them into an oven preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to pat the chickpeas dry with a paper towel and then drizzle olive oil over them. Add a little salt and then cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

What Do Chickpeas Taste Like?

The flavor of chickpeas is often described as nutty and earthy. They have a similar taste profile to that of other beans, but they’re not bursting with so much flavor that it’s difficult to make them work with different dishes.

The flavor is fairly subtle, so they are a good addition to a variety of dishes and can be seasoned in many different ways.

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