3 Ways to Cook Chickpeas

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3 Ways to Cook Chickpeas
3 Ways to Cook Chickpeas

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are usually prepared by boiling. However, you can also prepare them in a slow-cooker. They are very versatile, having an almost neutral flavor and serving as a base for other dishes such as hummus, salads, soups, etc.


Boiled Chickpeas

Make 900g of cooked chickpeas

  • 450g of dry chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda
  • Water
  • Salt (optional).

Electric Slow Cooker Version

Make 900g of cooked chickpeas

  • 450g of dry chickpeas
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1/4 tablespoon (1.25 ml) of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt (optional)

Roasted Chickpeas

"Serves 2 servings"

  • 1 can of 420g of chickpeas
  • 1.5 tablespoons (22.5 ml) of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder (optional)


Method 1 of 3: Boiled Chickpeas

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Step 1. Soak the chickpeas in cold water

Place them in a large pot and pour cold water over the top. The water level should pass the chickpeas in about 7, 5 to 10 cm.

  • As the chickpeas absorb water, it may be necessary to add a little more of the liquid. In fact, chickpeas can double in size. Thus, it may be necessary to use twice as much water.
  • Soaking them is important for two reasons: First, because it softens the beans, shortening cooking time. Second, because it eliminates most of the sugars that lead to gas formation, improving digestion after consuming them.
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Step 2. Add baking soda

Mix 1 scoop (15ml) of baking soda with water until dissolved.

  • Baking soda is not strictly necessary, but it can be beneficial. Sodium bicarbonate molecules attach themselves to chickpea sugars known as oligosaccharides. In this way, sodium bicarbonate can partially break these molecules, inhibiting the production of gases.
  • On the other hand, baking soda can leave a salty and soapy taste if used in large quantities. So if you are going to use it, use it little.
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Step 3. Soak overnight

Chickpeas should be soaked in cold water for at least 8 hours.

Cover the pot with a lid or dish towel. You can leave it at room temperature. It is not necessary to refrigerate

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Step 4. Alternatively, do a quick dive with them

If you have little time to prepare the chickpeas, you can speed up the process by soaking them in a pan of boiling water.

  • Place the chickpeas in a large pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of water.
  • Bring the ingredients to high heat. Bring to a quick boil for 5 minutes with the baking soda.
  • Remove the chickpea pan from the heat, let it lightly cover and soak in hot water for 1 hour.
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Step 5. Dry and rinse the beans

Pour the chickpeas into a colander. Wash them for 30 to 60 seconds under running water until they are completely clean of the water they were in.

  • Any dirt or impurities from the water the beans were soaking in can stick to them. That's why this wash is important. Sugars that are broken down in this process can also remain attached to the beans. Another reason to wash them.
  • Washing the beans also helps to take away the taste of baking soda.
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Step 6. Cover the beans with fresh water in a large pot

Transfer the chickpeas to a clean pan and fill with water until covered.

  • If you want to make the beans more flavorful, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the pan for every 2 liters of water used. The beans may suck in salt as they cook, increasing the flavor.
  • As a general rule, use 1 liter of water for every 250ml of grains.
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Step 7. Simmer the beans over a low heat until softened

Place a pan on the stove and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Then reduce the heat to medium or medium-low, until the water maintains this point (just below the boil). Cook like this for 1 or 2 hours.

For dishes that require harder grains, such as stews and soups, cook for only 1 hour. For dishes that require softer grains, such as hummus, cook for 1, 5 to 2 hours

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Step 8. Drain water, rinse and use as desired

When finished, pour the chickpeas and water into a colander and then wash them (still in the colander) under running water for about 30 or 60 seconds. Serve immediately, add to a recipe, or save for future use.

Method 2 of 3: Electric Slow Cooker Version

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Step 1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas

Place them in a colander and rinse under running water for 30 to 60 seconds.

When washing them, you remove all the dirt and impurities from the beans. It is also a good opportunity to remove small pieces of stones or other materials that may end up in the package

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Step 2. Place ingredients in slow-cooker

Mix the water, chickpeas and baking soda in a 2.5L crockpot, stirring slowly to ensure the baking is well spread and the beans are fully submerged in the water.

  • Note that it is not necessary to soak the beans in this method. Since the beans will already be cooked slowly, there is no need to soften them first.
  • The use of baking soda is still recommended, however. As you skip this part, the grain sugars will not be broken down like in the traditional method. The use of bicarbonate will help to reduce these gases, improving the digestion of those who consume the grains.
  • If you still don't want to use baking soda, you can add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. The salt will not break down the sugars, but it will add flavor to the beans, which will absorb you during this time. As a result, the beans will be well seasoned, both inside and out.
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Step 3. Cover and cook until softened

Cook on high mode for 4 hours or on low mode for 8 or 9 hours.

If you want beans a little firmer, cook for 2 or 3 hours

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Step 4. Drain the liquid and wash it well

Once done, turn the contents in a colander to eliminate the cooking water. Wash the beans, still in the colander, under running water for 30 to 60 seconds.

The water in canned beans contains a lot of impurities and it is important to get rid of it. The beans must also be washed because many of these impurities end up sticking to them during cooking

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Step 5. Serve or use as desired

You can use the beans immediately, use them in recipes or keep them. Any recipe that calls for boiled chickpeas can be prepared with this method.

Note that beans made this way tend to be quite soft. Therefore, it may be more appropriate to use this method in situations where very soft grains are needed

Method 3 of 3: Roasted Chickpeas

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Step 1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius

Lightly grease a shallow pan with a non-stick spray.

You can also use vegetable fat or oil, or line the pan with aluminum foil

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Step 2. Drain the canned beans and wash them

Pour the contents into a colander/drainer. Wash the beans, still in the colander, under running water for 30 to 60 seconds.

  • You can also drain water directly from the can. Partially open the can and allow the liquid to drain away, keeping the beans. Turn the can over to pour the liquid into the sink through this small opening. Eliminate as much as you can.
  • You can also add water to the can with the beans and stir it to wash them. Pour fresh water through the opening, stir and pour it again. Note, however, that the best method to wash them is still using a drying rack.
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Step 3. Carefully peel the skin from the beans

Place the beans between two layers of paper towels. Carefully roll the grains through these layers to remove excess water and remove the skins.

Be careful as you squeeze the beans so you don't end up crushing them

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Step 4. Add the olive oil

Place the beans in a container and add the oil. Mix carefully with a spoon or with clean hands, covering all the grains with the oil.

Olive oil will add flavor to the beans, but it will also help improve their color and texture when roasting

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Step 5. Spread the chickpeas across the pan

Transfer the beans to the form, in a single layer.

Make sure they are arranged in a single layer. It is necessary that all beans have the same exposure to heat

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Step 6. Bake until golden and crispy

This should take between 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven.

Pay special attention to the beans as they roast to prevent them from overcooking and burning

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Step 7. Season as desired and bon appetite

Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over the beans and stir them carefully with a spatula or spoon. Serve as a healthy and tasty appetizer.

You can try other spices. For example, use paprika, chili powder, curry, garam masala or even cinnamon


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