Chickpea is a healthy and versatile legume. You can taste it neat, added to salads, along with chicken, etc. Canned chickpeas have the advantage of being quick to prepare and cook. You can cook it in the pan, in the oven or in the microwave and have a practical and delicious accompaniment!
- Canned chickpeas.
- Seasonings of your choice.
Method 1 of 3: Cooking Canned Chickpeas
Step 1. Open the can of chickpeas and drain the liquid, pouring it into the sink
Put the chickpeas in a sieve and shake it gently to get the rest of the aquafaba, which is this thick, sticky liquid out of the can. Afterwards, place the strainer in the sink so that the liquid finishes draining by itself.
- Aquafaba is rich in starch and sodium.
- Position the opener in the corner of the can, pierce it and turn the can until you finish the circumference.
- If you don't have a can opener, use other kitchen utensils, such as a spoon.
Step 2. Wash the chickpeas
Pass tap water through the sieve with the chickpeas until all the aquafaba comes out. To speed up the rinsing process, use your hands to stir the pulses while washing them.
Leave the faucet wide open so that the water pressure is higher, speeding up the wash
Step 3. Transfer the chickpeas to a pan
Spread it out in a single layer. If there are still some beans on top of the others, use a larger pot.
Chickpeas need to be in a single layer to cook evenly
Step 4. Fill the pan with water
The amount of water used depends on how much chickpeas you intend to prepare. Cover it with water, but don't let the beans float.
Use a larger pot if your current one doesn't hold the chickpeas and water
Step 5. Heat the pan for five minutes over medium heat
Keep an eye on the pan while the chickpeas cook. If the water starts to boil too much and wants to overflow, lower the heat.
Step 6. Drain the cooked chickpeas
Pass it to a sieve again and let the water drain. If you're going to use the same sieve as before, don't forget to wash it first, as it's dirty with aquafaba.
Is chickpea still wet after draining? Dry it with a paper towel or a clean tea towel
Step 7. Serve the chickpeas or save them for later
You can add the legume to a salad, taste it straight, add it to sauces, and so on. If you're not going to eat right away, place the chickpeas in the refrigerator in a glass or plastic container with a lid.
In the fridge, it lasts for up to a week
Method 2 of 3: Roasting Chickpeas
Step 1. Preheat oven to 180 °C
While you're preparing the chickpeas, start heating the oven to speed up the process. Schedule an alarm to remind.
Step 2. Dry the washed and drained chickpeas
Place them between sheets of paper towels or clean tea towels. If they get too wet, change them to keep drying.
Chickpeas need to be very dry to be crispy in the oven. If it's still wet when it's baked, it can become shriveled and limp
Step 3. Arrange the chickpeas on a baking sheet
Use your hands to spread it in a single layer on the surface of the baking sheet. Do not leave some beans on top of the others, as they do not cook evenly.
To make cleaning the baking sheet easier later on, line it with baking paper
Step 4. Drizzle olive oil over the grains
Olive oil is essential to ensure proper cooking of the legume. In addition to adding a touch of flavor, it contributes to the ideal texture, which is crunchy.
You can substitute olive oil for any other oil, such as canola, sesame or avocado
Step 5. Season if you like
There is no right seasoning for chickpeas, but a possible option is powdered coriander and chili pepper. Be careful with too much salt, as canned chickpeas already contain sodium.
Another suggestion is to add a little salt, black pepper and garlic powder
Step 6. Bake for an hour
Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven carefully. Then set an alarm to remind you to get her out of there in an hour.
- Keep an eye on the chickpeas during the oven time to prevent them from burning.
- Is it still not crispy after an hour? Wait longer.
Step 7. Take the chickpeas out of the oven
Wearing gloves to protect your hands, take the baking sheet out of the oven and place it on a heat-proof surface such as a stove or a pot rest.
Don't forget to turn off the oven as soon as you remove the pan
Step 8. Wait for the chickpeas to cool a little and serve
Once it has cooled down, serve it alone or with your favorite dish! If you have a little left over, refrigerate it for up to a week in a glass or plastic container with a lid.
If you like, heat leftovers in the oven or microwave
Method 3 of 3: Preparing Chickpeas in the Microwave
Step 1. Mix chickpeas with olive oil in a bowl
The bowl should be large so the chickpeas don't fall out when you mix them. Use your hands or a spoon.
Not really into the taste of olive oil? Use avocado or sesame oil instead
Step 2. Season if you like
This step is not mandatory, but it adds a touch of flavor. You can use a little salt, pepper and paprika. Another suggestion is a mix of spices of your choice, such as garlic powder, onion powder, dehydrated parsley, black pepper, etc.
Use your hands or a spoon to mix the seasoning into the chickpeas
Step 3. Place it in a microwave-safe container
Spread the chickpeas in a single layer so that it cooks well. To make cleaning easier later, line the plate with a sheet of paper towels before adding the legume.
- If you put in more sheets, cleaning is easier.
- Use only a microwave-safe container.
Step 4. Heat the dish for three minutes
Keep an eye on it during this period and after three minutes, take it out of the microwave.
Step 5. Shake the chickpeas
Shake the container to stir the chickpeas. If it starts to fall off the plate, use a spoon.
This step serves to redistribute moisture, spread the seasoning, and help maintain even cooking
Step 6. Heat the chickpeas for another three minutes
Keep an eye on the equipment. Finally, take the container out of the microwave and place it on a heat-resistant surface such as a pot rest.
The container or dish can get very hot, so it's best to put on oven mitts before picking it up
Step 7. Serve or save for later
Before eating your snack, wait a few hours for the chickpeas to cool and become even crispier. Another idea is to store it in an airtight container at room temperature.
Microwave chickpeas are good for up to two days if stored this way
- Dry the chickpeas as much as possible before preparing them in the oven or microwave.
- Let all the liquid in the can drain.
- Save aquafaba to use as a substitute in vegan recipes.