- Chickpeas as a staple food dates back to almost 7000 years.
- Chickpeas or kabuli / desi channa as they are commonly known in India are equally popular across the globe under other names such as Bengal gram, Egyptian peas or Spanish garbanzo beans or just Chickpeas. This popular legume has a delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture which is somewhat starchy and pasty. Chickpeas are available round the year hence can be enjoyed anytime.
- Uses of Chickpeas
- Today, chickpeas are used in a large variety of recipes. They can be boiled, mashed, roasted or fried. By themselves they can be used in curries, salads, soups or stews, or as a quick snack. In India, where the chickpea is known as "chana", a large number of recipes are based on the chickpea. The chickpea is the main ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes.
- Benefits of Chickpeas
A concentrated source of protein and high in fiber they provide a good replacement for meat in the diet.
Chickpeas are a great digestive tract support They have unique supply of antioxidents
As little as 3/4 cup of garbanzos per day can help lower our LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides in a one-month period of time. This decreases cardiovascular risks in chickpeas provide better regulation of blood sugar.
Increased chances for satiety and decreased caloric intake aid in weight control.