How to Cook Dried Chickpeas

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas

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Cooking chickpeas from a dried state is a great way to reduce sodium in your diet. This recipe will show you how to cook dried chickpeas.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade, Scratch
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings 11 servings
Calories 150


  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 Strainer


  • 1 lb Chickpeas, dried
  • 10 cups Water
  • ½ tsp Salt


Overnight Soak

  • Rinse chickpeas thoroughly. Discard any stones or debris. Add chickpeas to a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water and discard any chickpeas that float.
  • Add salt and soak at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse well.
  • Place chickpeas in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 30-60 minutes or until desired tenderness periodically add warm water during the cooking process to keep the chickpeas covered.
    NOTE: During this step, you could add chickpeas to a soup, stew, curry, or chili.

Stovetop Soak

  • Rinse chickpeas thoroughly. Discard any stones or debris.
  • Place chickpeas in a large pot, and cover with 3 cups of water per 1 cup of beans. Use 10 cups for a 1-pound bag.
  • Heat to boiling and boil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove beans from heat, cover, and let stand for 4 hours.
  • Drain the chickpeas and discard the water.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg