Tuesday, November 8, 2011

From Dried to Chickpea

Lately I've been trying to see if I can get rid of canned good and fortunately success has been on my side. The first thing I cooked were chickpeas which are great for great dishes like hummus, salads and in stews to name a few.

When I bough them they were dry but in some markets you can find them fresh which is would be incredible if you did. Put them on a bowl and fill it with water to cover and let them rest in  a cool place for about 4-8 hours. They will absorb most of the water so if you see that they need more you can add it.

If you are not going to cook them right away you can store them covered in the refrigerator for about 3 or 5 days. To cook them I used a ratio of 2 parts of water for each 1 part of chick peas. Cook them first allowing the water to boil and the reduce the heat, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until soft.

The little ones are packed with protein and have a large number of health benefits like being able to supply up to 50% of the daily fiber intake recommended, contain large amounts of antioxidants like vitamin C, they help in lowering bad cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and even help in weight management.

Have a fantastic and healthy day my friends!