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Suggestions of where to buy chickpeas

elbows Feb 22, 2012 09:25 AM

Suggestions of where to buy chickpeas in NW DC or mid or South Arlington? I guess I could go to Lebanese Taverna Market but I'm on my bicycle and have a full schedule, so I would prefer something closer if possible. I've had bad luck with dried chickpeas before but I am determined to figure this out and can pull out my pressure cooker if necessary. I hate all the cans I go through when I make hummus.


P.S. Tips on tahini brands are good too.

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    katecm RE: elbows Feb 22, 2012 10:29 AM

    I get them right in my Safeway and they turn out just fine. Be patient with them. If they aren't in the beans and grain aisle, look in the aisle with all of the Goya products.

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      mdpilam RE: elbows Feb 22, 2012 10:39 AM

      This reminds me, where can I find tahini (preferably close to Columbia Heights)? Giant (Columbia Hts) hasn't had any that I could find for the last month.

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        elbows RE: mdpilam Feb 22, 2012 10:41 AM

        Yeah, my Giant did not have dried chickpeas, which kind of surprised me.

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          hamster RE: mdpilam Feb 22, 2012 02:48 PM

          They probably sell it, but tahini is one of those things that is hard to locate in those huge stores. They certainly sell it at Yes Organic on 14th Street, and Whole Foods on P Street, and Harris Teeter on Florida.

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            Wankel RE: hamster Feb 25, 2012 11:35 AM

            I have found tahini is store areas where pickles and capers are sold.

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            hamster RE: mdpilam Feb 22, 2012 02:52 PM

            Hey mdpilam, if you live around Columbia Heights, check out Adams Express. I waited years to try it and regret that a lot. Surprisingly solid Korean food for under $10. On Mount Pleasant Street.

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              mdpilam RE: hamster Feb 22, 2012 07:04 PM

              I do, thanks; great suggestion, I ate there for dinner. I didn't know they had opened back up yet. Forgot about them on the post about cheap, ethnic eats.

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            drewpbalzac RE: elbows Feb 22, 2012 10:45 AM

            If you are looking for something beyond the standard 1 pound plastic bag of beans that you can pick up just about anywhere - or can't get to a story with a decent bulk dry goods section - you can order heirloom Ceci Toscani imported from Republic of Beans here:


            Other purveyors stock them as well. but this is one option.

            1. tommyskitchen RE: elbows Feb 23, 2012 07:05 AM

              I know this doesn't work for your Bike, but H-Mart has FRESH ones still in the Pod if you are up for a treat, albiet with a bit more work.

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                drewpbalzac RE: tommyskitchen Feb 23, 2012 01:19 PM

                I love the fresh ones - but I don't really know what to do with them. I have been treating them like fresh Fava beans and that seems to work pretty well, but they are still a new product to me so I am still playing around.

                I'm pretty sure that if i tried to do a hummus with them people would think I'm crazy but it might be someting worth trying for S&G's.

                BTW - they are much easier to work with than fresh fava beans.

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                  tommyskitchen RE: drewpbalzac Feb 24, 2012 10:38 AM

                  Yes, favas have that extra step! You can get them now at H-mart as well, but I won't put the effort into it until the local ones show up in a few months at the Farmers Markets....

                  I have never made Hummus with the Garbonzos - I eat them like Edamame after tossing with some Olive Oil and salt then roasting....

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                    drewpbalzac RE: tommyskitchen Feb 25, 2012 07:41 PM

                    Do you roast them in the hull?

                    By the way have you ever been able to find fresh edamame at H-mart or any of the other Asian super markets? I am surprised that I have never seen them - and it drives me crazy.

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                      tcamp RE: drewpbalzac Feb 26, 2012 05:42 PM

                      There is a woman who sells fresh edamame at the Old Town Alexandria farmers market in the summer, when they are in season. On stalks. Fun to buy and prepare although I am not sure the taste is radically different than the frozen ones I buy.

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                        tommyskitchen RE: drewpbalzac Feb 27, 2012 08:03 AM

                        Yes, I roast them in the hull and pop them out when cooked- much easier than hulling them first!

                        I have never seen fresh edamame there, but I've never really looked - I get them at the Dupont FM as well in the summer...I tried to grow them once, it was a disaster.

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                  lawhound RE: elbows Feb 24, 2012 06:23 AM

                  My experience is that dried works fine IF you have sufficient time to soak them (like overnight at least). No pressure cooker necessary if you cook them for a while. Far better than canned, which are usually overcooked.

                  1. tcamp RE: elbows Feb 25, 2012 05:51 AM

                    I always can find them in regular markets. I know for sure that the Giant on Glebe on the border of Arlandria sells them. Giant often has beans in two places - the "regular" dried beans area near canned veggies and then a hispanic section with bigger bags of pintos, garbanzos, black beans, etc.

                    Speaking of hummus, the best version I ever made was from Bittman, using soaked, not cooked, dried garbanzos. I always get tahini from the Mediterranean Bakery in Alexandria, probably out of your range but walk or bike-able from Van Dorn metro.

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                      elbows RE: tcamp Feb 25, 2012 08:04 PM

                      Thanks for the tips, everyone!

                      I ended up getting chickpeas at Whole Foods (where chickpeas and black beans seemed to be the only beans not available in the bulk section).

                      tccamp, I'll definitely keep those suggestions in mind as I go to that Giant sometimes. I did not know about Mediterranean Bakery but it is up my alley.

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