There are several ways how you can use chickpeas in your diet. In this article, we will teach you how you can boil chickpeas on the stove and how you can cook chickpeas in a rice cooker and instant pot. If you master these methods, then the cooking dried chickpeas experience will become easier and more pleasant.

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How long do you cook chickpeas?

Cooking time for chickpeas depends on several factors. The first thing is whether you decide to boil chickpeas presoaked or not, and which cooking method you have chosen. Here is a list where you can check how long it takes to cook chickpeas:

  • How long do you boil chickpeas (presoaked)? After soaking chickpeas, you need to boil them for 40-60 minutes.
  • How long to boil chickpeas without soaking? It will take you at least 1.5 hours to boil chickpeas on the stovetop to get them cooked through.
  • How long do you cook chickpeas in a cooker (rice cooker, multi-cooker)? If you decide to use a rice cooker, it will take you approximately 1.5 hours to get them prepared.
  • How long to cook chickpeas in the instant pot? Cook chickpeas for 30-40 minutes in the instant pot,  using mode “Beans”.

If you want to learn how you can make perfect cooked chickpeas on the stove or in a cooker, you can check out the recipes below.

What is the weight yield of chickpeas when boiled?

The weight of dried chickpeas triples in size when boiled. 1 cup of dried chickpeas = 3 cups of boiled chickpeas.

How to cook chickpeas on the stove with soaking and without?

There are many recipes where you can use boiled chickpeas. Let’s see how to cook chickpeas stovetop. And to start, you should decide whether you are going to soak chickpeas or not. We highly recommend that you try both methods of cooking chickpeas without soaking and with soaking, and see which one suits your needs and tastes. For both variations of the Boiling Chickpeas Recipe, you have the same steps to follow; the only difference is the amount of time you spend boiling chickpeas on the stove.

Ingredients for the recipe: 1 tsp. of salt, 1 cup of soaked chickpeas, 4 cups of water, herbs and seasoning (garlic, bay leaves).

Ingredients for boiling chickpeas on the stove

  • Measure out the necessary amount of chickpeas and thoroughly rinse it with running water. Make sure that you have all the small debris removed.

Rinse chickpeas under running water

  • Take a large bowl as chickpeas will expand, place them in a bowl and cover with cold water. As a rule, for 1 cup of dried chickpeas, you have to use 3 cups of water. Let them soak for 4-6 hours.

Soak chickpeas in water for four hours

  • When you finish soaking chickpeas, be sure to drain the water and rinse legumes thoroughly before cooking.

Drain water from chickpeas

  • Transfer chickpeas to a pot or a large saucepan and cover them with cold water: 4 cups of water for 1 cup of soaked chickpeas.

Put chickpeas into the pot and cover with cold water

  • Let the water boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low; let the water simmer for approximately 40 minutes.

Let chickpeas simmer for 40 minutes

  • You can add salt (1 level teaspoon of salt for 1 cup of chickpeas), seasoning, or herbs (garlic, bay leaves) only 5-10 before the end of cooking, in such a way you let chickpeas cook through. If you add salt in the beginning, they can turn out a little bit tough.

Add salt and seasonning

  • Check chickpeas whether they are already done or need some more time to cook through. Add 5-10 more minutes to your timer for the required result. Enjoy your meal!

Check chickpeas for doneness if necessary, simmer for additional time

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Boiled Chickpeas Recipe

How do you boil chickpeas without soaking? If you are boiling chickpeas without presoaking, then you need to let water with chickpeas boil on high heat for 10-15 minutes. Only then, reduce the heat to low and let them simmer for an additional hour or 1.5 until tender. I must warn you that the water in the pot may cook off earlier than chickpeas are ready. In this case, pour water into the pot but make sure to boil it beforehand.

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas on the Stove

Learn how to prepare dried chickpeas in boiling water! The method works really well to get you a tasty side dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Soaking Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: boiled chickpeas recipe, how long to cook dried chickpeas, how to boil dried chickpeas, how to cook dried chickpeas, how to cook soaked chickpeas, how to prepare dried chickpeas
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 126kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soaked chickpeas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • herbs and seasoning (garlic, bay leaves)

Instructions

  • Measure out the necessary amount of chickpeas and thoroughly rinse it with running water. Make sure that you have all the small debris removed.
  • Take a large bowl as chickpeas will expand, place them in a bowl and cover with cold water. As a rule, for 1 cup of dried chickpeas, you have to use 3 cups of water. Let them soak for 4-6 hours.
  • When you finish soaking chickpeas, be sure to drain the water and rinse legumes thoroughly before cooking.
  • Transfer chickpeas to a pot or a large saucepan and cover them with cold water: 4 cups of water for 1 cup of soaked chickpeas.
  • Let the water boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low; let the water simmer for approximately 40 minutes.
  • You can add salt (1 level teaspoon of salt for 1 cup of chickpeas), seasoning, or herbs (garlic, bay leaves) only 5-10 before the end of cooking, in such a way you let chickpeas cook through. If you add salt in the beginning, they can turn out a little bit tough.
  • Check chickpeas whether they are already done or need some more time to cook through. Add 5-10 more minutes to your timer for the required result. Enjoy your meal!

How do you cook chickpeas in a rice cooker?

Here is an additional recipe on how you can cook chickpeas only using a rice cooker instead of boiling them on the stove. The recipe is easy to follow with several peculiarities to pay attention to:

  • As always, before using any grain or type of legume, you should clean it. Rinse chickpeas under cold running water.
  • Presoak chickpeas before cooking. Place them in a large bowl, fill it with cold water and let it sit for 4 hours.
  • Drain water out of the bowl, rinse chickpeas again and put into a rice cooker.
  • Add 4 (4.5) cups of cold water per 1 cup of soaked chickpeas, set the timer for 1.5 hours, and press Start. You can add salt before turning on the cooker (1 tsp. for 1 cup of chickpeas) or after (add salt to still warm cooked chickpeas and stir until well incorporated). You should know that adding salt at the beginning could make them a little bit tougher.
  • When cooking time ends, check chickpeas for tenderness. If they are ready, take them out of a cooker. If not, set the cooker for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

How to cook chickpeas in an instant pot?

How to cook chickpeas in instant pot

Chickpeas are the favorite type of legumes to cook for dinner for me. It is delicious, rich in flavor, has its unique taste, and is relatively quick to prepare. Pay attention to the proportions of water to chickpeas. For 1 cup of dried chickpeas, use 4 cups of cold water. Do not forget to add seasoning to make the garnish that extra special:

  • Rinse chickpeas under running water using a colander or a fine sieve, whatever you have on your hands. Or you can place them in a deep bowl, cover with water and then drain the water; repeat steps several times until drained water becomes clear. (I try to wash almost all the grains before cooking).
  • Now, cover chickpeas with cold water in a bowl and set them aside for 4-5 hours to soak.
  • Drain chickpeas after soaking and put them inside the instant pot. Now, cover the legume with the necessary amount of water. As I mentioned above, try keeping the ratio right. It is the key to perfectly cooked chickpeas. Add salt and other seasonings of your choice (freshly ground pepper or whole peppercorns, dried herbs: bay leaf, thyme, parsley, coriander (being my top choices).
  • Close the lid of the instant pot; make sure that the steam release valve is in the closed position. Set the timer for 30 minutes.
  • When you hear the beep signal that the cooking is over, wait for 5 minutes before opening the instant pot.
  • Usually, this time is enough to cook through chickpeas. But you can always add 10 more minutes to get it to the consistency you want.

Now, chickpeas garnish is ready to be served. It is one of my favorite side dishes out there. It goes perfectly with any type of meat or fish recipe:

Do you need to soak chickpeas before boiling? It is not necessary but advisable, as boiling time will be shorter, and you will have more tender and soft chickpeas.

How to cook chickpeas to make them tender? Once again, if you want to have tender chickpeas after boiling, we advise you not to skip soaking them in cold water beforehand.

How do you soak chickpeas before boiling? The first step is to rinse chickpeas thoroughly under running water. Take a large bowl, put chickpeas inside, and cover with water. Leave them in water for 4-6 hours. I strongly advise you not to have the soaking process for more than 6 hours, as it can make them even tougher. Use the following water to chickpeas ratio: 3 cups of water for 1 cup of dried chickpeas.

If you found the recipe helpful, please share it with your friends! Feel free to leave all your questions and suggestions in the comment section below. Cooking chickpeas is such a difficult thing. By learning some distinctive features on how you can prepare chickpeas at home, you will master it at once.

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