WHAT ARE CHICKPEAS?
Chickpeas oftentimes referred to as garbanzo beans, are part of the legume family and commonly used as a culinary ingredient.
How to Soak Dry Beans:
Place the dry beans in a large bowl, with enough room for them to double in size. Cover the beans with roughly 3 inches of water, and let them soak in the fridge overnight.
How Long Does it Take to Cook Chickpeas?
When you start with soaked chickpeas, it takes about 45 to 60 minutes to cook them from scratch. It can take longer if you add salt to the cooking water, or if you start with particularly old beans.
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How to Cook Chickpeas
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- 1 cup dried chickpeas
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- Soak the chickpeas with water overnight or for at least 8 hours. You want to cover the beans with about 3 inches of water. The chickpeas expand as it soaks, so be sure to use a large enough bowl for soaking. Before cooking the chickpeas, drain the water and rinse the beans.
- STOVETOP METHOD: Transfer the soaked chickpeas to a large saucepan or a small pot. Cover the chickpeas with water by 2 inches. Add the garlic, bay leaves, and salt. Bring the water to boil, then reduce the heat slightly and simmer for about 25 minutes for firmer beans, 40 to 50 minutes for softer beans.
- SLOW COOKER METHOD: Transfer the soaked beans and cover with 6 cups of water, garlic, bay leaves, and salt to a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
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