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Khudari brand canned garbanzo beans

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Over the last couple months, I've made spiced, deep-fried garbanzo beans several times for holiday entertaining. The batch I made with Khudari brand of canned garbanzo beans was decidedly better. The chickpeas had creamy centers, not turning hard, for a better contrast to the crisp exterior. Also the flavor was cleaner with no metallic notes. A 15-oz can cost 89¢ or about 10¢ more than other brands.

The ingredients for Khudari are just garbanzo beans, water and salt. Unlike most brands, no sulfites or EDTA are added. I first found these at Parkside on Taraval and again at Rahma in Dublin. I've looked for the brand at other Middle Eastern/International markets, such as Haig's and 22nd & Irving, and come up empty. According to the company's website, distribution is currently limited to Northern California.

http://americanbluemills.com/home.htm
http://khudari.com/

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Parkside Farmer's Market
555 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA

Rahma Mediterranean Market
7108 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA

American Blue Mills
30502 Huntwood Ave, Hayward, CA

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