When it comes to cooking chickpeas, we can’t think beyond hummus and chhole bature, right? A vegetarian’s route to loading up on proteins, chickpeas can be cooked in various ways. Here are the fun recipes you can try out.

Vegan caesar with avocado and chickpeas

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What you need: ¼ tahini. ¼ cup water, 2 teaspoons grated garlic, 2 tablespoons yeast powder, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard and ¼ teaspoon salt. For the chickpeas salad, you need 2 hearts romaine lettuce, a handful of baby arugula, 1 cup chickpeas (rinsed),  1 diced avocado and black pepper for taste.

Preparation: Stir the dressing in a small bowl using a fork to blend. Add some water so it becomes slightly thin. Add salt to taste. Post this, in a large bowl, toss your greens with the dressing. Add the chickpeas and the avocado and sprinkle some black pepper on top.

Fun fact: We bet you didn’t know that chickpeas nutritional value is so high because it contain iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, zinc as well as vitamin K—all of which contribute to maintaining your bones. So if you’ve been worried about your bones for a while, adding chickpeas to your diet could be a great idea.


Roasted chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas

What you need: 2 cups cooked chickpeas, 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 2/4 teaspoon chili powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder and a bit of cayenne pepper.

Preparation: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure your chickpeas are dry and then pour them on a baking sheet lined with olive oil. Combine the seasonings and whisk together. Sprinkle this on the chickpeas and toss. Bake for about 30 minutes while stirring them when 15 minutes are over.

Fun fact: If you want a healthy heart, reach out for chickpeas. That’s because they contain a good amount of fiber, which is known to aid in lowering the total amount of cholesterol in your blood.


Chickpea patties

Chickpea patties

What you need: 2 cups rinsed and drained chickpeas, 1 ½ cups Greek yoghurt, 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 egg, 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, 3 sliced green onions, ½ cup chopped coriander, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 sliced cucumber.

Preparation: Pulse the chickpeas in the food processor till it’s roughly chopped up. Add the yoghurt, curry powder, egg and breadcrumbs. Process this mixture but make sure it’s still chunky. Put this into a bowl and then add the green onions and coriander. Add salt and pepper and stir till it’s combined well. Make flat patties out of the mixture. Place them on a greased baking tray and keep in the fridge for 15 minutes. After this, use a non-stick frying pan and then heat oil. Take the patties out of the fridge and place them on the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes. Serve with cucumber slices and yoghurt on the side.

Fun fact: Due to the high fiber content, chickpeas help in digestion, which means they will keep your system free of toxins and help de-bloat

Chickpea and blue cheese sandwich

What you need: 1 ½ cup chickpeas, ¼ cup diced celery, 1 tablespoon minced and fresh parsley leaves, 3 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds, ¾ cup green seedless grapes sliced, ½ teaspoon pepper, 50 gms blue cheese, 3 tablespoons of mayo, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and salt to taste.

Preparation: Drain and rinse the chickpeas thoroughly. Place them in a bowl and mash them using a fork. Add some celery, parsley, sunflower seeds, grapes and pepper to the bowl. Stir this so it’s mixed up. Post this, in a bowl, crumble some blue cheese. Add the mayo and vinegar and make sure you keep stirring so the cheese and mayo are mixed well. Pour this on the chickpea mixture and add in between two breads to make a sandwich.

Fun fact: You may not be aware but chickpeas contain a mineral called selenium, which is not found in most fruits and vegetables. This mineral is the reason behind liver enzyme function and it is also known to aid in the detoxification of cancer-causing compounds in your system.