Dried chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) can be bought in bulk. Since they have to be re-hydrated before use, pre-soaked canned chickpeas are also available for convenience.

1 cup of dried chickpeas will expend to 2 cups once soaked and re-hydrated. Soak 1 cup of chickpeas in 3 cups of water. It is best to soak chickpeas overnight, as the refrigerator will keep them from going sour. If you are soaking during the day, it’s generally best to soak at room temperature for 10-12 hours, changing the water every 3 hours, again to prevent sourness.

Next, you have to cook the chickpeas.   For every cup of chickpeas, add in 3 cups of water to your pot.  Bring it boil, set the heat to low and then cover your pot with the lid.  Cook for about 3 hours, but do check at around 2 hours as cooking times vary.

Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, protein, and are also very high in dietary fiber. They can be added to many dishes including soups, salads and dips.


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