Can you boil chickpeas

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you boil chickpeas?” We will also discuss what chickpeas are and how you can boil chickpeas.

Can you boil chickpeas?

Yes, you can boil chickpeas in an easy and fast way, transforming them from their dry texture into the best tender and delicious form with a yummy creamy mouthfeel.

If you think boiling dry chickpeas is difficult and thus you prefer canned chickpeas. Then let me tell you that you are wrong, boiling your dried chickpeas is much easier than you might think. Besides, it is also cheaper and healthier because you can control its sodium content and play with flavours next to its great texture.

So in this article, we will guide you on how to boil the chickpeas efficiently with less effort and show you different methods to do so and we are sure that by the end of the reading you will never accept buying canned chickpeas but rather insist on boiling them yourself.

If you are ready, then let us start.

What are chickpeas?

Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans and they belong to the legume family.

These peas originated and were first widely known in both Indian and Middle Eastern culinary cultures before they spread to the whole world due to their numerous health benefits mainly to the heart and the cardiovascular system which made them one of the most popular and delicious nutritious snacks besides being a complete rich meal

Chickpeas are known to be rich in healthy fibre and plant-based protein and are moderately packed with carbs and calories besides being an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as  B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, and folate.

How can you boil chickpeas?

As with other legumes, we recommend before boiling that your dried chickpeas be carefully sorted to remove any stray pebbles or dirt that have crossed the quality control process into your chickpeas bag. 

Dry chickpeas can be boiled with or without soaking either on a stove pot, instant pot, or using a slow cooker; however, the boiling time required to cook those peas will differ based on that.

You can eat your boiled chickpeas directly, toss them in salads or use them to prepare a wide variety of meals such as your favourite hummus and falafel recipe, or you can even add them to your soup or stew based on your tastes and desire.

You should always rinse the chickpeas to get rid of any remaining clinging dust or dirt, and finally drain.

Back to boiling dried chickpeas, we should differentiate between two conditions:

Soaked chickpeas

Chickpeas can be soaked in water before boiling following one of the two following methods:

  1. Long soaking method: is an easy way to soak chickpeas but unfortunately needs planning and a lot of time (8 to 24 hours) thus considered time-consuming especially if you are in a rush.

 All you have to do if you decide to follow this method is to put the desired quantity of your dried chickpeas into a large bowl and cover them entirely with water then leave them overnight to soak.

  1. Quick soaking method. This method is faster; it will only take 1 hour of soaking dried chickpeas ahead before boiling.

 All you have to do if you decide to follow this method is to put the desired quantity of your dried chickpeas into a large bowl and cover them entirely with water and bring to a boil for only 2 minutes.

Then turn the heat off, cover the pot and let your chickpeas soak for 1 hour or until they become tender and soft.

After using any of the previously mentioned methods, all you have to do is the following:

  • Add your soaked chickpeas into a pot and cover entirely with water or broth 
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the boiling pot, you may also add bay leaves, garlic, thyme, oregano, or other herbs
  • Bring your mixture to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer for 45-60 mins or until they become soft and tender,
  • Test continuously the tenderness by tasting every 10 mins
  •  Drain your chickpeas and season with

For more detailed guidance, please click the link here 

Unsoaked chickpeas

If you forget to soak your chickpeas or decide not to, you can simply start the boiling process, but expect them to take up to twice the time.


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you boil chickpeas?” We have also discussed what chickpeas are and how you can boil chickpeas.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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