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Chickpea (also known as garbanzo bean) production occurs predominantly in Zones 1 and 2 in Southern Alberta, where the growing season is longest.


Which chickpeas are grown in Alberta?

Kabuli Chickpeas

Preparing Chickpeas

Cooking Instructions

  1. Remove any shrivelled or broken chickpeas.
  2. Rinse chickpeas under cold running water.
  3. Soak your chickpeas. To soak overnight, use 3 cups (750 mL) of cold water for every 1 cup (250 mL) of chickpeas and let stand for 8–24 hours before draining. For a quick soak, use 3 cups (750 mL) of cold water for every 1 cup (250 mL) of chickpeas. Boil for 3 minutes and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for one hour, then drain soaking water and rinse chickpeas with cool water.
  4. Combine chickpeas and fresh water.
  5. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Cooking Tips

  • For every 1 cup (250 mL) of chickpeas, use 3 cups (750 mL) of water.
  • Once cooked, chickpeas can be refrigerated in their liquid for up to a week. Just drain and add to salad, soups or sides for a quick protein punch.

Chickpeas in the Kitchen

Chickpea Vegetable Pakoras

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Mango Chickpea Salad

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Lemony Chickpea Cake

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