Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are round yellow-tan legumes with a nutty taste and firm texture. This famous legume is an excellent source of plant-based protein, as well as a crucial part of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. Other than protein, Chickpeas are also rich sources of dietary fibre and antioxidants that can improve digestive health, reduce cholesterols and aid in weight loss!
Rinse 1 cup of chickpeas. Pour into boiling water and cover. Soak overnight for at least 6 hours. Drain and discard soaking water. Add 4 cups fresh water and simmer over low heat until tender for approximately 2-2 1/2 hours.
Chickpeas are the key ingredients in hummus, falafel and Middle Eastern-style salads. They can be boiled, fried, roasted or even sprouted. On top of the typical soups and stews, vegans nowadays have also invented new ways to make meatless burgers using chickpeas as one of their major ingredients!
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