READY IN: 2hrs 5mins
Recipe by xtine

This is how I make chickpeas to use in recipes. I don't soak the chickpeas, because if you soak them before cooking, they won't absorb the flavors from the stock while they are cooking. One pound of dried chickpeas makes 6 cups of cooked chickpeas. I freeze them in 2 cup amounts to have on hand for recipes. These beans are cooked to the "al dente" point - I don't cook them until they are completely soft because I am almost always using them in a recipe where they will be cooked further, and I don't want them to be overcooked in the finished dish they will end up in. If you'd like them to be softer, just keep cooking and check every 15 minutes, until they are done to your liking. Always sort dried beans before cooking them - they often have small stones mixed in with them.

Top Review by Brighid

They were tasty but came out a little underdone for the amount of cooking time. Next time I'll start checking them at the end of the recommended cooking time and then every 30 after until they're done. I saved the broth (minus the onions and bay leaf) and used it to cook the basmati rice in that I used with the channa masala recipe. Thanks for the instructions on cooking chickpeas!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir and cover.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Remove onion and bay leaf, drain (you may reserve cooking liquid if your recipe calls for it).

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