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!


Lisa Russell 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).