Whether in a crunchy snack, a hearty vegetable soup or as part of a savory tart, chickpeas deliver a great deal of versatility in the prepared foods kitchen.
In and of themselves, chickpeas can be thought of as dull and pedestrian. But consider the many virtues of these legumes. Not only are they inexpensive and readily available dried or in cans, they add fiber, texture and protein to many dishes, along with a nutty flavor.
From the Mediterranean to India, chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, have long been a staple for their versatility. And with renewed interest in the Mediterranean diet and the increased awareness of gluten-free options, recipes featuring chickpeas are gaining ground.