If the word “chick” you hear for the first time, you know, this is in any case not a nut, but a variety of conventional peas. It is also called Turkish or mutton.
Meet – chickpeas!
If the word “chick” you hear for the first time, you know, this is in any case not a nut, but a variety of conventional peas. It is also called Turkish or mutton. The history of use in cooking chickpea has millennium. The greatest experience in its preparation of the peoples of the Middle East, and it is grown mainly in Turkey, for which he received his second name. Most often found in recipes white chickpeas, but there are green chickpeas, often used in Indian cuisine. Taste chickpea more delicate than other varieties of peas, he gently consistency and has its own flavor. Only from that of peas can be cooked cult Middle Eastern dishes – hummus and falafel.
How to choose a chick?
Different varieties of chickpea sell in the markets, especially in the eastern markets. But still, better to buy chickpeas in packs. The dense polyethylene chickpeas protected from mechanical damage, moisture and insects. Pay attention to packaging quality and reputation of the manufacturer. Read the label – a good manufacturer always gives good advice on cooking.
Like all legumes, chickpeas rich in vegetable protein and fiber. It is rich in zinc, folic acid, lysine and vitamins B1 and B6. Some researchers argue that the chickpeas lowers cholesterol in the blood and in the dishes – they are fat. Recipes with chickpeas recommended for people with excess weight – they are very nutritious and provide long-term feeling of satiety.
How to cook?
Any beans must be soaked in cold water. Feature chickpeas soaking in a long, at least 8 hours, preferably 10-12 minute. Well, I have to cook longer than the usual peas – about one and a half hours. There is another way: chickpeas soaked hours, changing the water several times, and then use without heat treatment in the same dishes. But it is better to make sure beforehand that the grains become really soft.
Recipes with chickpeas:
Soup with chickpeas and spinach
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