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What do I do with these?

These are fresh chickpeas, or garbanzo beans which we bought at a farmer's market.  They're so cute I just had to buy them, the bean is about the size of an English garden pea, each one tucked away in it's own little hull.  The woman who I bought them from said that people boil or steam them and eat them like edamame, which is fine, but I thought that since I had a wealth of knowledgeable foodies at my fingertips, I'd ask you.  Has anyone out there had the pleasure of cooking these?  What would you do with them?  I'm thinking of steaming and then roasting for some added sweetness.

 

 

    

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I have no experience with them but heard of eating them raw.  If I had some I'd try making falafel.

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Falafel or hummus.
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Thanks guys, I tried them raw and they taste well.... raw, vegetal, green.  I love the falafel idea.  I'll play around with it and get back to you.

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Yesterday I steamed the 1/2 lb. of chickpeas ( that's about 2 qts. by volume) for about 15 minutes, when they were tender, they were soooo sweet and they also had just a hint of that nutty flavor.  I put a few into a bowl, sprinkled them with kosher salt and brought them into the living room where they were devoured.    Long story short, they're gone.  What a great snack, though a little messy. 

  The texture of the bean was different than I expected and I don't think that it would have morphed into a hummus well.

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Sounds yummy.

I'm assuming that is the same process as used for edamame.  I don't really like edamame, but it might be a reaction to a past experience when I was stranded in a field of soybean for way too long with nothing to eat... so we ate the raw soybeans.  I thought I was going to explode later... so I have this uncontrollable wretch reaction when I see edamame.

Maybe that was TMI, IDK.
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It's difficult to get over a bad food experience, but I urge you to try edamame.  I doubt that they taste the same raw.  They are steamed ( same as I did), and served warm.  The flavor is very buttery. Maybe you can start with a few, nothing scary. Come on Brian it's just a little bean.

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Sorry I missed your original post on this Nina. I've been held incommunicado by some form of infection in my computer. It keeps disconnecting me from the interrnet, and rebooting my computer.  It's still there, but I'm managing to get around it (with great inconvenience) while I wait for advice from Norton - who should have prevented it in the first place!

Anyway, I would have advised you to do pretty much what you did. I've never had fresh chick peas, but I regularly use them dried or canned. One of my favourites is to boil them in water to which I've added salt and turmeric. When tender, I quickly drain them and while hot, sprinkle with ground chilli, ground cumin, lemon juice, and a little salt if necessary. Give them a toss to coat, and serve . I quite ofen play around with different spices and blends. Garam masala with a good curry powder works well, as does a Cajun spice blend.
I once used a dukkah which turned out quite well. I'd love to try the fresh ones. 
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The texture and flavor of these fresh beans is very delicate.  So the same applications and flavors for these beans vs. dry may not work.  They were very interesting and I hope that I can find them again and play around some more.  

  The flavor profile that you use is perfect for a roasted bean, which is what I wanted to do with these fresh lovelies, but reading your ingredients, I can see that your flavors, with my technique may be just the crunchy, nutty, snacky thing that I was trying for, so thanks Brian! 

  I'm picturing starting with a dried bean and I like the turmeric idea, where it goes into the water.  The color must be really something to see!  Have you ever tried roasting them?
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No Nina. It's never even occurred to me to bake them (what a dill!) but it seems like a great idea with lots of possibilities.
Do you have any particular procedure or do I just follow my nose?

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Always the nose!  My idea is something crunchy on the outside and creamy inside.  I thought that the chickpea would be a perfect vehicle since it is creamy and has a great flavor.  Sounds like a high heat is needed, which is why I keep saying roasted.  Just haven't had the time to play around.

 BTW, sorry about your PC.  They're like cars in that when they work they are a wonderful invention, and when they don't, you just want to throw them out, through the nearest window!
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> you just want to throw them out, through the nearest window!

Don't you mean "Windows"? wink
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@Jacobite
Unfortunately, I know more about computers than I do about food.  So with that, you may want to look and see if you have gotten a rootkit virus.  Norton, and McAfee do a terrible job at detecting and cleaning these.  The only product that I have found that can detect and clean rootkits is Kaspersky.  As a matter of fact I removed McAfee from my work computer and added Kaspersky after I had a similar experience to the one you described.  Since I work as a network engineer, my computer is my lifeline.

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It's a shame that it would not have turned into a good hummus.  The best hummus I ever had was in Iraq of all places, on Camp Victory in Baghdad.  I have yet to find anyone here in the States that could make it as good, store bought or fresh.  Hate to say it, but that is one thing that I really miss about being out there, the hummus.
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About the hummus.....did you get the recipe?

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@Nina,

Unfortunately no, there was a bit of a language barrier.  :)
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G'day Bill. 
I discovered that  the problem was  related to iTunes, and occurred only when my iPod  was connected.  Norton finished up writing a rule for my firewall and everything seems to be alright now; however, I still don't know what the problem was (is?) or why it's suddenly occurred now, when they've worked happily together in the past. 


Thanks for the insight into the possible problem.  I'm going to follow up on that, and sus out Kaspersky as well: I'm just not happy not knowing what's going on.

Anyway, at least,  for now,  I can download Chef's videos.
 

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