Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas Puree should at least be on your menu once or twice a month. Garbanzo Beans are also known as Chickpeas and can be cooked the same way as regular dried beans. Whether you want to make a puree or add the beans to a meat or poultry dish, the pre-cooking process is the same when using dried beans.
You may have noticed that there are several salads recipe prepared with canned Chickpeas. Although it is a great option to use canned chickpeas, if not rinsed the peas tend to taste a bit rancid. Always remember to rinse the beans before using.
Making a puree with garbanzo beans can be very satisfying. Chickpeas puree should never be prepared with canned peas. It is true that dried beans and dried peas take longer to cook, but the result is very satisfying. And don’t forget they are inexpensive.
Beans are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Dried beans are inexpensive and can last longer than canned beans. Did you know that beans are one of the oldest cultivated crops about 7,000 years ago? That is sure an interesting story. Do we have time to research today? Maybe one day!
To make your Chickpeas puree, you must first sort and rinse the beans in tepid water. The next step is to soak the beans. Soaking removes some of the indigestible sugars that cause flatulence.
When ready, you will then boil the beans in the same soaking liquid for more flavor. You don’t necessarily need to soak the beans if you are in a hurry, but you need to rinse them. You can cook the beans with or without herbs and spices. I would also suggest not to add salt because cooking time will be extended.
It is customary not to add herbs or spices while the beans are cooking. In many parts of the Caribbean, adding fresh garlic, parsley, and even thyme is normal. Fresh herbs enhance the flavor of the beans.
You can also add my Original Gourmet Hot Sauce if you are looking to elevate the taste of the beans, the herbs, and spices. Just add about 1/4 of a teaspoon in the last few minutes, and you will have a delicious and tasty puree.
My chickpeas puree recipe is simple and can be cooked during the week. If you want to save time, you can pre-cook the beans the day before. Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas puree can be served with rice and a braised meat dish for the perfect dinner.