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Do I really need to soak chickpeas overnight?

I am making falafel and put the beans in water about 10 am. You think at like 4-5 pm I can attempt falafel? Or does overnight mean like 12 hours?

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  1. I cooked chickpeas for hummus yesterday. Didn't soak at all. Took about 3 hours total.

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    1. re: onrushpam

      Thanks but your not supposed to cook chickpeas for falafel or they disintegrate :(

    2. Before (and even after) I heard that you weren't supposed to quick soak chickpeas, I did, and it worked just fine. If you're pressed for time.

      Bring them to a boil for 5 minutes, let cool for an hour. replace the water and cook as normal.

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      1. re: sparky403

        Felafel is much better with uncooked chickpeas.

        1. re: magiesmom

          A 5 min boil with an hour rest will produce the same effect as an over night soak. They will still be crunchy and perfect for falafel

          1. re: scubadoo97

            Not in my exerience. I
            sometimes do the quick soak for beans I am going to cook in liquid; long soaking gives better results for felafel I have found.

            1. re: magiesmom

              Interesting.
              I haven't done the quick soak for falafel but have done numerous times to making hummus prior to a short stint in the PC. But when I've tasted them after the quick soak they were just as crunchy as when I do an overnight soak. Very much the same texture.

              1. re: scubadoo97

                Well, then that would be a good way for you to do it then.:)

        2. 8 hours is fine, it is what I always do.

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          1. So many answers to the wrong question! As magiesmom states, 8 hours of soaking should be enough for your falafel batter. [or is it dough?]