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A close-up image of cooked garbanzo beans with parsley that shows how to cook chickpeas from scratch.

How to Cook Chickpeas

Learn How to Cook Chickpeas in the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, or stovetop without soaking.  The three methods below will turn dried chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, into perfectly cooked al dente or soft chickpeas that can be used in soups, stews, or your favorite hummus recipe. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 137 kcal
Author London

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dried chickpeas sorted, rinsed and drained
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt optional

Instructions

Stovetop Method:

  1. In a large pot add 1 pound chickpeas, salt, and enough water to cover the chickpeas by 1 ½ - 2 inches.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil, cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer chickpeas for 1 ½ hours for al dente chickpeas and 2 hours for soft chickpeas.
  4. Drain excess water and use cooked chickpeas as desired.

Slow Cooker Method:

  1. Add 1 pound chickpeas, salt, and enough water to cover the chickpeas by 1- 1 ½ inches in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 3 hours for al dente chickpeas and 3 ½ - 4 hours for soft chickpeas.
  3. Drain excess water and use cooked chickpeas as desired.

Instant Pot Method:

  1. Add 1 pound chickpeas, salt, and enough water to cover the chickpeas by 1 ½ - 2 inches in a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Set Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for 30-35 minutes for al dente chickpeas and 35-40 minutes for soft chickpeas.
  3. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release.
  4. Drain excess water and use cooked chickpeas as desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 174mg 7%
Potassium 330mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.