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Why are chickpeas not sold fresh, like other vegetables, but only canned or dried?

It seems that chickpeas are usually sold either canned (pre-cooked and stored in liquid) or in dried form. Most other vegetables are also sold fresh and raw, like they are harvested. Is there a reason ...
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Can/should I use baking soda when cooking beans?

My recipe for hummus says to cook the garbanzo beans with a little baking soda to soften them. Does this work with other legumes? I've often seen the advice against salting the cooking water for ...
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Serious device for making hummus at home

The problem: I'm faced with the challenge of scaling up my homemade hummus production to a larger batch size, aiming to process anywhere from 0.5 to 1kg of raw chickpeas at once. My Attempts: Using a ...
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Are red lentils and split red lentils the same?

I have a recipe for vegetarian Moussaka which calls for red lentils, but it doesn't specify whether the red lentils are split or not. Is there such a thing as whole red lentils (I have only ever ...
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Can falafel be made using previously frozen chickpeas?

Many falafel recipes caution against using canned chickpeas. For example, this recipe has this to say about using canned chickpeas for falafel: No canned chickpeas (very important!) If you're after ...
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Can beans be overcooked?

Can beans be overcooked? Coffee beans, for example, are incredibly roasted. Falafel is baked or fried garbanzo beans. Is it possible to overcook beans, or is this good for breaking down the sugars, ...
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Salt turned peas from creamy to crunchy

Here is what I did, I boiled a bag of frozen peas,about 400 grams, in a pot of water. I checked for tenderness after a while and they were creamy on the inside like I wished they were. I take some out ...
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Can I substitute "green beans" for "string beans"?

The famous Thai salad "Som Tam" uses raw, crushed string beans in small amounts, and I have seen recipes that suggest raw normal green beans as a substitution. How will the subsitution affect the dish?...
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Why do canned beans have less FODMAPs than dried beans?

Several sources have claimed that canned beans (after discarding the water in the can) are significantly lower in FODMAPs, particularly galacto-oligosaccharides, compared to cooked dried lentils. I'm ...
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What's the difference between dried split peas and dried snack peas such as wasabi peas?

Wasabi peas (and similar snacks) appear to just be dried green peas (coated in wasabi). Similarly, dried green split peas are also dried green peas (that have been split). So why is it that wasabi ...
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Can I add lentils to a baked chicken-and-vegetable stew?

I plan to prepare healthy lunch quickly by having everything tossed in to oven together. I have even brought an IKEA tray (with grate) for this purpose - https://www.ikea.com/de/de/p/koncis-ofenform-...
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Should boiled legumes cool before processing?

When processing dips, such as hummus or refried beans, is it better to let the boiled chickpeas/beans cool down before processing them in a food processor or is it okay to process them while still hot?...
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what about peanuts that makes them more nut like than bean like?

As we all know, peanuts are actually legumes and not nuts. But they taste and function much more like nuts. They can be cooked quickly like nuts while beans take a long time to cook. What about their ...
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Can red lentils be used for mujadara?

I feel like making some mujadara, but the only lentils I've got currently are red lentils - no green or brown lentils. Many recipes I've read have specifically said that red lentils are to be avoided, ...
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Preserving colour of mixed beans

I'd like to make a colourful dish from mixed dried beans. After soaking the beans overnight they still have rich and varied colours and patterns, but I'm told that beans should always be cooked before ...
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Are there any naturally sweet legumes?

I'm just wondering if any legumes are sweet. Preferably, I'd like a sweet bean, but whatever works.
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Bread alternatives with lentils

Due to an intolerance to wheat, I have recently been testing out different recipes to make bread without wheat or yeast. One option I have tried a couple of times is using lentils instead of wheat. ...
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How do I soften home made Split Pea with crunchy Peas?

I got some Split Pea Soup from my Fiance's Nannie, who got it from a friend. The soup tasted ok, but it was like really chunky like the spoon stood up on it's own. So I added water and reheated it. ...
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Are these different ways to soften legumes chemically?

When I cook dried legumes (Like beans,chickpea, fava) and trying to soften them in a reasonable amount of time I think about three options, or mixing the three: Soaking Long time cooking or pressure ...
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Beans should not be served with potatoes? [closed]

Huffington Post writes: Potatoes conflict with digestion of the beans, so avoid eating them in the same meal. Is this true? I couldn't find any reliable source.
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What are these white flecks in my lentils and split peas? [duplicate]

I was cooking a pot of red lentils and yellow split peas, and noticed these white flecks all throughout. What are they? Are they safe to consume? I have been using the same batch of lentils and peas ...
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How to I need to treat dried green lentils? [duplicate]

In the attached picture you see green lentils which I want to prepare in order to make a Dal. They are obviously dried although it is not mentioned directly on the package. My question is: Do I need ...
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How to choose a pressure cooker specifically for legumes/beans and which setting is appropriate?

I am interested in buying a pressure cooker. I have only 2 requirements: The only food I want to use it for is legumes/beans (mentioning it case it matters in any way). Take little space I have been ...
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Sodium in canned beans and legumes

I was looking at some cans of black beans and chickpeas I had. They both had higher sodium than I would have expected. Much higher than non-canned varieties. I am wondering where does that sodium ...
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How to eat raw brown rice, yellow peas, black beans [duplicate]

The USDA nutrition data says these foods have much better nutrition raw than cooked. Can I make them safe to eat without cooking? Expand them and soften with water so they don't grow after being ...
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Split pea stew HELP! [duplicate]

I am attempting to make split pea stew. It has cooked for a long time. The bag of split peas is new and it is organic. I did put lemon juice on the beef to tenderize it before the water boiled. Is ...
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What is the best way to approach thermos cooking?

I have a series of hard days in my near future. I want to prepare quick and easy lunches. I have the idea of taking lentils putting them trough a blender to get lentil flour. If you add the lentil ...
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Self-cooked chickpeas not as good as canned?

I tried cooking my own chickpeas after being a fan of canned ones from Trader Joe's for a while. I soaked them for 24 hours and then washed and cooked them in lots of water for 2 hours. They came out ...
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Red kidney beans, break up long cooking time

Since they take so long to cook I was wondering if I could do something like cook them half the time one night and then finish cooking them the rest of the time in the morning or if there would be ...
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