Friday, March 20, 2009

Fresh Garbanzo Beans

A local ethnic market has fresh garbanzo beans on sale. I am a HUGE legume eater, but I had no idea what to do with these beauties.

A little research revealed the following:

1. They are a very neglected vegetable in the internet recipe world.
2. They can be eaten raw or steamed, in both cases tasting a lot like edamame.
3. In the Middle East, they are steamed, mashed, and mixed with spices to make a tasty, bright green hummus.

Because they are similar to edamame, I plan to steam them, then toss them with sauteed mushrooms and noodles along with a little sesame oil and sriracha sauce. This should make a healthy, high protein vegan meal, perfect for a Lenten Friday supper. I'll let everyone know how it comes out!


That lady with 6 daughters said...

We've bought these at the farmer's market every year and we always end up eating them all green- before we even make it home. I keep meaning to plant some.

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

They are certainly delicious fresh. We ate quite a few just while shelling them (which is a task, because the sheels don't split nicely, which I learned in Bio a few months ago makes them an indehiscent seed).