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Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

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Chick-peas are also known as Spanish beans, garbanzo beans, or ceci peas. They have an irregular shape, firm texture and a nut-like flavor. Excellent in Spanish stew and Italian Minestrone. Especially popular on the West coast of the US.

Hummus, a popular Mediterranean appetizer dip are made with chickpeas.


There are two main kinds of chickpea:

  • Desi , which has small, darker seeds and a rough coat, cultivated mostly in the Indian subcontinent, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Iran.
  • Kabuli , which has lighter coloured, larger seeds and a smoother coat, mainly grown in Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Afghanistan,Pakistan and Chile, also introduced during the 18th century to the Indian subcontinent.

Dried chickpeas need a long cooking time (1–2 hours) but will easily fall apart when cooked longer. If soaked for 12–24 hours before use, cooking time can be considerably shortened by around 30 minutes.

It should be noted that that chickpeas do not cause lathyrism. Similarly named "chickling peas" and other plants of the genus lathyrus contain the toxins associated with lathyrism.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (240g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 285Calories from Fat 24
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.7g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 717mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 54.3g 18%
Dietary Fiber 11g 42%
Sugars ~
Protein 11.9g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 8% Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) is usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) is a member of the Legumes and Legume Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does chickpeas (garbanzo beans) weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 240

In Chinese:鹰嘴豆(鹰嘴豆)
British (UK) term: Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
en français:pois chiches
en español:garbanzos

Recipes using chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

There are 452 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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