Chickpea Recipes

Chickpeas are legumes that are incredibly high in protein, making them a popular choice of food all over the world, due to the fact that chickpeas are cheap, filling and nutritious. Chickpeas are rather plain in flavour and pick up whatever they are cooked in, so they are often paired with spices and put into curries to bulk them out a bit, but they are also used in soups and salads to add extra texture and nutrition to a meal. Take a look at some of the recipes below for inspiration, including a gluten-free chocolate cake that uses chickpeas as the main bulking agent and a simple hummus recipe.

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About Chickpeas:

Chickpeas have been a staple of our diet for literally thousands of years ' in fact, carbon-dating performed on chickpeas found in a cave in France show that chickpeas have been around since 6790BC. Popular throughout Europe in France, Italy and Germany, chickpeas have been cooked in hundreds of different ways over the years, including in broths and stews, eaten raw when young as a snack or roasted.

Rather surprisingly, chickpeas are sometimes roasted and ground down into a powder before being brewed in a similar way to coffee if no coffee is available. The practice of using chickpeas in this way began in the late 18th century, although it began to be more apparent during the First World War when coffee was not readily available. Chickpeas are still grown in some areas today specifically for brewing.

Chickpeas are also the staple of many Asian cuisines as they are filling and nutritious and lend themselves well to being paired with spices or chilli due to their creamy, mild flavour. Take a look above for many spicy chickpea recipes, including chickpea sundal, as well as a number of mild chickpea recipes including a chorizo and chickpea stew and chickpea burgers. uses measurements and ingredients for the United Kingdom. If you are located elsewhere in the world, you may find makes more sense to you!

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