How to prepare chickpeas
As with other types of legumes, chickpeas require more time-consuming preparation. Chickpea balls should be soaked in water for several hours and then cooked. This process can be greatly accelerated by using canned chickpeas . Sterilized chickpeas in a slightly salty pickle have just as many uses as raw chickpeas, so it's a good idea to have a can on hand in case you're running out of time.
Boiled chickpeas have a wide range of uses. You can find it especially in foreign and oriental recipes. Chickpeas are often part of Indian and Arabic dishes, where they replace meat. The high protein content makes a variety of chickpea curries and one-pot meals very popular and filling.
Chickpeas go well with red vegetables. For example, tomato soup with chickpeas or chickpea-pepper pot are worth trying .
Chickpeas can also be prepared cold. The whole world loves hummus - a chickpea spread with olive oil. You can add whole chickpea balls to a salad, or use them to make a healthy crunchy snack in the oven.
Health benefits of chickpeas
As one of the legumes, chickpeas contain a particularly high proportion of proteins , which makes them a popular fitness food. Vegetarians and vegans also liked it for the same reason - you can easily make balls or meatballs of all kinds from boiled ground chickpeas. However, if you do not belong to either group, do not forget to include healthy chickpea dishes in your diet, your body will thank you. So what are chickpeas good for?
- thanks to its potassium content, it supports the proper functioning of the heart
- balances the pressure inside the cells
- contains omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids
- lowers blood cholesterol levels
- helps with constipation
- keeps the skin nice
- strengthens immunity
- is a great source of vegetable protein - suitable for weight loss diets and sports