With a delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture, chickpeas are a highly versatile legume – a noted ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. They can be cooked and eaten cold in salads or added to stews or made into a paste called hummus. Ground chickpeas, called gram flour, are shaped into balls and fried as falafel or stirred into a batter and baked to make farinata.
Dried chickpeas require a long cooking time (1-2 hours). Cooking time can be shortened if soaked for 12-24 hours.