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How to cook chickpeas

How to Cook Chickpeas


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: Overnight
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 11 minute
  • Yield: 6 cups chickpeas (4 15-ounce cans) 1x

Description

Here’s how to cook chickpeas! It’s so easy to cook garbanzo beans from dried: they’re cheaper and taste much better than canned.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound dry chickpeas
  • Kosher salt
  • Optional add ins: 1 white onion, peeled and quartered, 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed, 1 strip kombu seaweed (adds big savory flavor), other herbs as desired

Instructions

  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight*: Place the chickpeas in a large container with a cover with 2 inches of room temperature water and stir in 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Cover and allow to soak at room temperature.
  2. Cook the chickpeas: When ready to cook, drain the chickpeas from the soaking liquid. Place them in a pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. If using, add onion, garlic, or herbs for additional flavor.
  3. Simmer uncovered for 25 to 45 minutes (if they’re soaked) or up to 1 1/2 hours unsoaked, until the chickpeas are tender. You’ll want them more tender if you’re making hummus, more chewy if you’re using them for salads. Taste test as you cook; the exact timing will depend on the age and brand of chickpeas. Add a bit of water if necessary to keep the chickpeas covered with water while cooking. Drain the water.
  4. Storage: Store refrigerated for 3 to 5 days, or frozen for up to 8 months. To freeze the chickpeas, place the drained chickpeas into a sealable storage container: we like to use mason jars. It’s helpful to freeze them in 1 1/2 cup increments, which equals 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Beans
  • Diet: Vegan

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