Saturday, February 10, 2024

12 of My Favorite Chickpea Recipes

Chickpeas Snack photo and picture

Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and are filling and delicious. They happen to be my favorite legume, and I like to use them in many of my recipes.

 I started publishing my blog over 12 years ago, so many of my recipes may have been seen and forgotten or never seen by my current readers. 

I decided to rummage through some of my older chickpea recipes and re-share them in one post.

Chickpeas are used in recipes from countries all over the world. They are versatile, inexpensive, low in fat, high in protein and fiber and are satisfying. 

Do you like chickpeas? Do you use them? 
Are you concerned with eating less animal protein ? Do you try to make more plant-based meals? 

Leek and Chickpea, Noodle Soup- Recipe Link 

Leek, chickpea, and spinach noodle soup

Creamy Low-fat Homemade Hummus  Recipe Link (oil-free)
There is nothing like the taste of homemade when it comes to hummus. This is much better than store bought.

This is an authentic dish made by one of my Moroccan friends.
Moroccan cooking uses lots of spices. 

Indian Aloo Baingan Entree- Recipe link Potatoes and Eggplant
Easy and absolutely delicious! Indian cooking offers many plant-based options.

Aloo Baingen, potatoes and eggplant

Chickpea and Rice Dinner - Recipe link  Simple and delicious and one of my favorites. Substitute brown rice and or quinoa for the white rice. Very easy to throw together if your grain is already made. 
I keep packets of cooked rice in the freezer.  Rice Packets in Freezer (link to How To)

 Indian cuisine- this is an unusual recipe for Americans but using chickpea flour is quite common in Indian cuisine.

Vegetable Pancakes

The dressing contain olive oil. If you don't want to use oil, leave it out! I Do. chickpea salad

Nice spices and interesting flavor and texture. Makes a wonderful side dish. 

Moroccan quinoa recipe

Once cooked, leftovers can be frozen in baggies for future use. Cooking your own chickpeas has many benefits. Follow the link to the post to find out more. 

I love this simple salad using quinoa as a base. Very tasty, very easy and very healthy.

quinoa salad in a bowl

Spanish Chickpea Soup -recipe link
A lovely tomato based soup to warm you up and fill you up on a chilly day. Lots of vegetables and lots of flavor. The recipe called for oil but I sautéed in water or broth and it tastes great. 

This sweet tangy salad is delicious. If you love Waldorf salad, this version is a winner. 

Waldorf chickpeas salad

Vegetable Pakoras made with chickpea flour (available in the supermarket).- This is a really easy recipe and is baked not fried. Chickpea flour is sold by "Bobs Red Mills" in most supermarkets or other brands at Indian food stores. These are a great appetizer for company or as a side any night of the week. 

baked pakoras, vegan, gluten-free

Switch the quinoa with chickpeas in this salad that has mango, cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes, and avocado. Nice flavors in this platter. Serves 2                      

salad platter, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, mango

Dig In !!!

Utensils, Silverware, Forks

My Notes: 
Meat production takes a BIG toll on the environment.  A BIG toll! 
If everyone would cut back on eating meat, it would cut back on deforestation which continues because it is necessary for the enormous demands of cattle grazing and has huge ramifications on our environment. In addition, animals such as cows and sheep give off  huge amount of methane gas emissions   which is a major contributor to global warming. 

Of course cutting down or eliminating meat might be much better for your heart health as well!

See a fantastic article about 18 doctors who support and explain the amazing health benefits of plant-based eating for your health and for global warming. Part of the  Whole Foods Plant-Based Food Movement. The information is eye opening. 

Did you see the recent Netflix documentary? 

Final Note: 
Plant-Based eating is healthier for our bodies and healthier for the environment. AMEN!

I discovered a new party called What's On Your Plate and am joining in for the first time. It's worth taking a look- there are some interesting bloggers posting. 


  1. Chickpeas are one of my favorites also. Thank you for sharing all of these recipes. I see a few I am going to try. Heading over to

  2. I like chickpeas, but my stomach has different opinion...

  3. Great ideas for chick peas. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I adore both chickpeas and chickpea flour.

  5. Your chickpea recipes sound absolutely delicious! 😋
    I'm particularly intrigued by the Moroccan Spicy Chickpeas and the Indian Aloo Baingan Entree.

    Happy Sunday, Judee!

  6. I agree with you, home made hummus is way better than store bought. And so much cheaper. I'm making a curry dish with chickpeas for dinner this evening.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  7. Hi, Judee - I absolutely LOVE chickpea dinners. Thank you so much for sharing these. I definitely will be trying many of them!

  8. Love chickpeas and the way you have used in your recipes. The other day I made an Indian vegetable dish and my husband said he is not very hungry to have a full meal. so I added chickpeas in it and he happily ate it :)

  9. Looks like a nice set of chickpea recipes..........Abrazotes, Marcela

  10. Yes, I do love chickpeas, and we always have quite a few cans in our pantry. So many tasty ideas - I've got to try those Moroccan recipes.


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