How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Three Ways

How to soak and cook chickpeas including cooking chickpeas in a slow cooker.

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Three Ways

Have you ever wondered what to do with dried chickpeas (or other dried beans)? We used to as well until we learned how to cook them.

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How to Cook Dried Chickpeas

There’s more than one way to deal with dried chickpeas. Here’s three methods we use in our kitchen:

  • Method 1: Long soak and simmer, about 10 hours or overnight plus 2 hours
  • Method 2: Quick soak and simmer, about 3 hours
  • Method 3: In the Slow Cooker, 4 hours on low heat or 8 hours on high heat

All three methods work really well and depending on your day you may find one makes more sense for you.

Method 1: The Long Soak and Simmer

Before cooking you will need to soak the dried beans. Look through the dried beans and pick out anything that doesn’t look like a bean — sometimes a rock or something else from the bulk aisle sneaks in.

Add the beans to a large bowl and cover with several inches of water. As the beans rehydrate, they triple in size — adding plenty of water is key. Soak the beans 8 hours or overnight. 

After soaking the beans, you can cook them (see how below).

Method 2: The Quick Soak and Simmer

Just as in method 1, you will need to soak the beans. Instead of soaking for 8 hours, you can speed up the process.

Look through the dried beans and pick out anything that doesn’t look like a bean. Add the beans to a large pot, cover with several inches of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes then take the pot off of the heat and let the beans sit in the water for 1 hour.

After soaking the beans, you can cook them (see how below).

How to Cook the Soaked Chickpeas

Whether you use method 1, the long soak, or method 2, the quick soak to rehydrate your beans, you will still need to cook them.

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Three Ways

After the beans have been soaked, drain and rinse them well. Add them to a large pot, cover the beans with several inches of water, and bring everything to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer until they reach your desired tenderness,  1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Keep in mind that depending on how you plan to use the beans you may want them to be firmer or softer. If you are making hummus, you’ll want the beans to be soft. On the other hand, if you plan to add the beans to a stew, you may want them on the firmer side since they will continue to cook in the stew.

The beans can be cooked by themselves or with a few extras added in for flavor. We usually add a bay leaf, but adding a garlic clove, quarter of an onion, some carrot or celery is also a great idea.

You can add some salt, as well, but only add salt towards the end of cooking since adding it in the beginning can cause the beans to become a little tough. We like adding a generous pinch of salt when there is 30 minutes left.

Method 3: In the Slow Cooker

Another option is to cook them in a slow cooker. The benefit of this is there is no soaking step — everything is added to the slow cooker you turn it on and walk away. Pretty easy.

Add 1 pound of dried chickpeas and 7 cups of water to a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Three Ways

Adding baking soda? Baking soda is often added when cooking dried beans. Some say it can reduce the gassy effects of fresh beans since it binds to sugars and helps to break them down, making the beans easier to digest.

If you plan to add baking soda, here’s our suggestions:

Add about 1 tablespoon to the soaking water for both method 1 and 2. If using a slow cooker, add 1/4 teaspoon along with the beans and water before turning the slow cooker on.

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Three Ways

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6 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Richard Heidenreich September 18, 2016, 8:03 am

    Thanks for recipes, looking forward to making these!

  • jim sleezer September 3, 2016, 6:12 pm

    Looking forward to trying some of your recipes

  • susan August 7, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Do you know what quantity of dried chickpeas yields 1 cup of cooked? I don’t want to cook more than I need.

    • Joanne August 11, 2016, 12:28 pm

      1 cup of dried chickpeas equals approximately 3 cups cooked. If you do end up making more than needed, you can freeze the cooked chickpeas for next time. Pat the cooked chickpeas dry then place into a food-safe freezer bag. Spread them out int one layer then freeze flat.

  • Tracey July 19, 2016, 8:26 pm

    4 hours on low heat or 8 hours on high heat

    don’t you mean 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low?

    • Joanne July 22, 2016, 2:04 pm

      Hi Tracey, Yes! Whoops. Thanks so much for letting us know. The post has been updated.


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