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Apr 17, 2007 02:26 PM

Fresh Chickpeas

I just picked up a pound of fresh chickpeas still in the pod from the grocery store. I have never even seen fresh one before but decided I must try them. Anyone have any suggestions for great things to do with them? Any and all suggestions would be welcome.

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  1. Oh, honey ... my sympathy. They are delicious but a pain in the pod to shell. Here's some ideas

    The only thing is they don't keep long before drying out ... maybe a week in the fridge. If you don't shell them soon, they dry out even sooner.

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    1. re: rworange

      I appreciate it. If they're like peas I think I may try them lightly steamed with fried onions and butter. One of my favorite fresh pea preps.

      1. re: kolgrim

        When I was a kid we had something quite like this--I think they were steamed and then put in with a bunch of finely chopped fried onions, fried together for a few minutes, and then a whole lot of white pepper was added. Served room temperature as a snack.

    2. The other weekend I saw a bean salad recipe on Joanne Wier cooking show. It was pretty simple and I decided to try making it with the beans I had in my freezer which included some frozen green chickpeas (available in Trader Joes). I also had a bag of edamame and corn, but I am pretty sure that just fresh chickpeas would also be great. So I cooked a couple of cups of the green garbanzos and the corn&edamame in a couple of pints of boiling water for about 5-7 minutes. While that was cooking, made a simple vinaigrette with finely minced red onion (subbed for shallots) red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. When the beans and corn were done, I drained them and added the dressing while they were still warm. Next, chopped up a handful of cilantro and mint and added to the salad once it was a little cooler. Joanne also added some goat cheese, I think, but I didn't. Very yummy! Another time I just upped the vinaigrette quantity and added a cup and half of cooked couscous.

      1. The most interesting suggestions came from mahanandi's website at this link: