I just made some chickpeas in my Instant Pot. They taste slightly sweet, have the scent of herbs and savoury onion flavour. In short, they taste yummy, homey, and fantastic.
Here’s what I did:
Measured 2 cups of organic dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans, purchased at Iqbal (check out their organic wall) and were about $5.00 for the bag. Still lots more in the bag less than half the bag was used. So much more economical than buying a can with less than 2 cups cooked.
Put the 2 cups dried garbanzos in the Instant Pot with:
4 cups of water
1 medium onion, diced
1 fat carrot, diced
3 sprigs thyme
1 large bay leaf
Place on manual and high pressure, for 40 minutes
Portion into 1 cup servings and freeze for future use.
The texture was perfect. They were soft with a slight bite. This was basically a dump and do recipe. It cooked during the time I did my other work today. No fuss no muss. The broth is a delicious and comforting bonus! YUM!
The average can of organic chickpeas is about $3.00 per can. You can probably buy them on sale for a little more than $2.00. A can of organic chickpeas usually has about 2 cups of bland beans and sometimes added salt. These chickpeas have a whole lotta flavor and you get 6 cups of organic chickpeas from 2 cups dried. I use them in my power lunch bowls or hummus, or salads with flavourings on their own.
A myriad of articles state that chickpeas cause flatulence, don't use salt, and soak your chickpeas. I find that these concerns are not valid.
Here is a article that supports my claim, http://beta.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-dont-soak-dried-beans-20140911-story.html
If you want to save on cooking time, then go ahead and soak your chickpeas for 8 hours, and cook the beans for about 14 minutes in the Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. I find the flavour is slightly less concentrated. Flatulence level is the same any which way. Introduce high fiber beans and whole grains slowly into your diet and flatulence may become a thing of the past.
If you have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker or just a big pot (cook for about 1 1/2 hours, I highly suggest that you try making your own chickpeas. Save some money and get a whole lot more flavourful beans.