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Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas – Food with Feeling

cooked chickpeas spilled out on a tabletop

Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas – Food with Feeling

Looking for the ultimate guide on how to cook chickpeas!? I’ve got you covered! In this post, we’re going over all of your burning questions about chickpeas and walking through how to cook them from the stovetop to the instant pot!

big pot of cooked chickpeas with a wooden spoon on the side

Hopefully you know by now HOW MUCH I LOVE chickpeas! I’ve used this in a TON of recipes and they are seriously one of my all time favorite foods to eat.

Up until the past few years, I always bought canned chickpeas because they’re just so so easy. And while I still really like them canned, I also love how simple and incredibly cost effective it is to buy raw chickpeas and cook them yourself at home.

I’m going to walk you through lots of different ways to cook them, how to soak them, and even show you some of my favorite ways to use them. Let’s dive RIGHT in, shall we?

What are Chickpeas:

Chickpeas are legumes! In their raw form, they almost feel like beige round rocks and are very hard uncooked. You cannot eat them raw as they contain toxins (removed during the cooking process) and are simply too hard to chew or digest properly. While typically beige, they do come in other colors including red and green.

Since chickpeas are so high in protein and fiber, they are used very commonly in vegetarian cooking as a kind of meat substitute such as in this Chickpeas Salad, this Chickpea Noodle Soup, and this Chickpea Pot Pie.

cooked chickpeas spilled out on a tabletop

Garbanzo beans vs Chickpeas:

Since I use chickpeas in my recipes on a regular basis, I OFTEN get asked, are garbanzo beans chickpeas? And the answer is YES: chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing but just a different name.

While the average person seems to most commonly refer to them as CHICKPEAS, most stores/ brans label them as GARBANZO BEANS. I suggest that when you are looking for them in a store, be on the lookout for both words since they truly are used so interchangeably.

wooden spoon filled with chickpeas hovering over a pot of chickpeas

Chickpeas Nutrition:

Chickpeas are nutritionally rich and high in protein and fiber. Here’s a quick breakdown of the basics and why these legumes are so great:

Per 100g of raw chickpeas
Calories365
Protein19g
Fiber17g
Total Fat6g
Iron34%
Magnesium28%
Vitamin B-625%
Potassium25%
Total Carbs61g
big pot of cooked chickpeas with a wooden spoon on the side

How to cook Chickpeas:

Cooking chickpeas is very similar and follows a similar process as other beans. I have a detailed recipe card for you down below as well as a video but let’s go over the basics!

FIRST you need to soak your beans. I’ve experimented several different ways but no matter what, you simply CANNOT skip this step! But you do have 2 options: 1) long soak the beans overnight or 2) quick soak the beans by boiling them for 3 minutes and then soaking them for just 1.5 hours. Both work well but you have to pick one.

Next up, you cook them. My recipe card below goes over how to cook chickpeas on the stovetop. But I have several different methods for you!

Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas

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Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas – Food with Feeling

cooked chickpeas spilled out on a tabletop

Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas – Food with Feeling

Looking for the ultimate guide on how to cook chickpeas!? I’ve got you covered! In this post, we’re going over all of your burning questions about chickpeas and walking through how to cook them from the stovetop to the instant pot!

big pot of cooked chickpeas with a wooden spoon on the side

Hopefully you know by now HOW MUCH I LOVE chickpeas! I’ve used this in a TON of recipes and they are seriously one of my all time favorite foods to eat.

Up until the past few years, I always bought canned chickpeas because they’re just so so easy. And while I still really like them canned, I also love how simple and incredibly cost effective it is to buy raw chickpeas and cook them yourself at home.

I’m going to walk you through lots of different ways to cook them, how to soak them, and even show you some of my favorite ways to use them. Let’s dive RIGHT in, shall we?

What are Chickpeas:

Chickpeas are legumes! In their raw form, they almost feel like beige round rocks and are very hard uncooked. You cannot eat them raw as they contain toxins (removed during the cooking process) and are simply too hard to chew or digest properly. While typically beige, they do come in other colors including red and green.

Since chickpeas are so high in protein and fiber, they are used very commonly in vegetarian cooking as a kind of meat substitute such as in this Chickpeas Salad, this Chickpea Noodle Soup, and this Chickpea Pot Pie.

cooked chickpeas spilled out on a tabletop

Garbanzo beans vs Chickpeas:

Since I use chickpeas in my recipes on a regular basis, I OFTEN get asked, are garbanzo beans chickpeas? And the answer is YES: chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing but just a different name.

While the average person seems to most commonly refer to them as CHICKPEAS, most stores/ brans label them as GARBANZO BEANS. I suggest that when you are looking for them in a store, be on the lookout for both words since they truly are used so interchangeably.

wooden spoon filled with chickpeas hovering over a pot of chickpeas

Chickpeas Nutrition:

Chickpeas are nutritionally rich and high in protein and fiber. Here’s a quick breakdown of the basics and why these legumes are so great:

Per 100g of raw chickpeas
Calories365
Protein19g
Fiber17g
Total Fat6g
Iron34%
Magnesium28%
Vitamin B-625%
Potassium25%
Total Carbs61g
big pot of cooked chickpeas with a wooden spoon on the side

How to cook Chickpeas:

Cooking chickpeas is very similar and follows a similar process as other beans. I have a detailed recipe card for you down below as well as a video but let’s go over the basics!

FIRST you need to soak your beans. I’ve experimented several different ways but no matter what, you simply CANNOT skip this step! But you do have 2 options: 1) long soak the beans overnight or 2) quick soak the beans by boiling them for 3 minutes and then soaking them for just 1.5 hours. Both work well but you have to pick one.

Next up, you cook them. My recipe card below goes over how to cook chickpeas on the stovetop. But I have several different methods for you!

Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas