How to Cook Garbanzo Beans (or Chickpeas)
How to Cook Garbanzo Beans (or Chickpeas) Easily and Perfectly Every Time!
*It will take up to 3 hours to cook the beans and several hours of soaking before cooking.
*Garbanzo beans and chickpeas are 2 different names for the same thing. These names are also used to refer to the chickpea: Indian pea, ceci bean, and Bengal gram.
*The older the beans are, the longer they will take to cook. If you buy beans in bulk instead of packaged beans, there's a better chance that the beans are fresher and will take less time to cook.
What You'll Need:
*As many garbanzo beans as you desire. 1 cup dried garbanzo beans is equivalent to about 2 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans.
*Lots of water (You'll need 6 cups of water for each cup of dried garbanzo beans).
*Salt and other desired spices and add-ins (e.g. garlic, onions, parsley, and olive oil).
Foods that go good with garbanzo beans, or chickpeas:
garlic, lemon, onions, parsley, tomatoes, eggplant
Garbanzo Bean Conversion Chart
One cup dry (uncooked) beans is equivalent to 2 3/5 cups cooked beans.
Two cups dry (uncooked) beans is equivalent to 5 1/2 cups cooked beans.
A pound of dry (uncooked) beans is equivalent to 6 cups cooked beans.
A 19 oz can has 2 1/4 cups cooked beans.
A 14-16 oz can has 1 - 2 cups cooked beans.
A 28 oz can has 3 - 3 1/4 cups cooked beans.
Dry, Raw Garbanzo Beans
Step 1: Rinse Garbanzo Beans
Place the garbanzo beans in a bowl and fill with water. Move the beans around a little with your hand or a spoon to allow any dirt to come loose in the water. Drain the water. Repeat until the water appears clear. Don't worry too much if you can never get the water to be perfectly clear.
If any garbanzo beans float to the top, pick them out and throw them away. These are bad beans. Pick out and throw out any other beans that look bad.
Step 2: Soak Garbanzo Beans Overnight
You will use 3 cups of water for each cup of garbanzo beans. If you don't have a large bowl, use a large pot or any other large container that you have.
*Do not soak garbanzo beans in the fridge! Soak them at room temperature.
*Do not add baking soda or salt to the beans. (Some advise adding 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda if you have particularly hard water, but usually, it is not recommended.)
Soaked Garbanzo Beans
Step 3: Drain the Garbanzo Beans and Replace the Water
Drain the water from the garbanzo beans and move them to a large pot. Add 3 cups water for each cup of dried beans that you used.
Step 4: Boil the Garbanzo Beans
They should take between 2 and 3 hours to cook (excluding the time it takes to bring the garbanzo beans to a simmer).
Note about cooking times: Someone here mentioned that the chickpeas that they buy in Europe only need to be cooked between 30 and 45 minutes and will be overcooked otherwise. Someone else had mentioned that their organic chickpeas also cooked really fast. It's worth keeping an eye out for you chickpeas if you're using chickpeas from any particular source for the first time.
First, bring the water to a boil under medium-high heat. Scoop out any froth that forms with a spoon.
Once the water starts to boil, set the heat to low and cover the pot. Set a timer to 3 hours. I keep them in for the full 3 hours to ensure that they are fully cooked, however, cooking times vary depending on the amount of beans, the pot, and time spent soaking the beans. For your first time cooking garbanzo beans, you may want to check after 2 hours and keep checking the beans until they are done.
Whenever you take the lid off the pot and replace it, check to make sure the water is still at a simmer. If it isn't, temporarily bring the heat up to medium heat until the water is simmering again, then set the heat back to low.
Should I stir the beans?
Yes. You may want to stir the garbanzo beans a few times throughout the cooking process to ensure that the beans get cooked evenly.
How do I know when the garbanzo beans are done?
Take a garbanzo bean and bite into it or squeeze it between your fingers. You should be able to squeeze it with your fingers, at least. It should have a very soft consistency. Note that you can decide how cooked you want the beans to be. If you find that they are cooked but you prefer them to be a little softer, go ahead and let them simmer for a little while longer.
Step 5: Drain the Garbanzo Beans and Add Any Spices or Add-ins
This is the last step!
After draining the beans, you can do whatever you want with them. Use them in a recipe or add a little salt, olive oil, and onions and eat them as they are! Or, add parsley, garlic, or other spices.
Other Fun and Helpful Links!
Garlic Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Parsley Recipe
Try this delicious recipe!
*4 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked
*1 large tomato or 2 small tomatoes, chopped
*1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
*4-6 cloves garlic, mashed
*1 onion, diced, optional
*juice of 1 lemon
*6 tablespoons olive oil
*1/2 tsp salt
1. Heat the chickpeas, tomato, parsley, and garlic covered on low heat for 15 minutes.
2. In the meantime, stir together the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt in a small container.
3. Add the onions to the chickpea mixture and stir on medium heat for half a minute.
4. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil mixture.
Easy Eggplant and Chickpea Recipe (Made with Fresh Tomatoes!)
For eggplant lovers!
*2 eggplants, chopped into 1'' x 1'' pieces
*2 cups cooked chickpeas
*3 tomatoes, chopped
1. Place 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan and add eggplant. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
2. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 more minutes.
3. Check to make sure the eggplant is as tender as you'd like. If it is not, cook for a little longer.
4. Stir all the ingredients together.
5. When serving, place a small layer of rice on the bottom of the plate and a thick layer of the eggplant mixture on top of it. Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil.
Indian Chhole Chana Garam Recipe
Cooking Sprouted Chickpeas
Sprouted chickpeas cook faster. Sprouting also unleashes nutrients. Here are a couple links for those interested in cooking sprouted chickpeas.
- Sprouted Kondakadalai (Kabuli Channa) Sundal
I often use chickpea after soaking to prepare curry or sundal. Now my passion for sprouting has extended to white chickpeas also. I love eating most of the
- How to Cook Freshly Sprouted Chickpeas | eHow.com
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