Sprouting chickpeas is very cheap, quick and easy to do. All you need is a clean jar (without the lid), dried chickpeas (buy them from the supermarket, the local market or health food shops) and water.
Place some chickpeas in a clean jar. You don’t need too many; about 2 layers deep on the bottom of the jar.
Rinse a few times in cold water (you can just let the water run through your fingers or you can cover the top of the jar with muslin/nylon netting/stockings etc. and secure with an elastic band so that it does not come lose when you tip the jar upside down) and then cover the chickpeas with more cold water and leave in a cupboard over night. After the overnight soak the chickpeas will have swollen to around double their size.
The next morning pour the water off, give them another rinse, pour the water off again and place them back in the cupboard.
From then on you only need to rinse them twice a day, last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
At the end of 24 hours some of the chickpeas will be beginning to sprout; you will be able to see small points appearing on the chickpeas.
By the end of the second day, sprouts will be clearly visible on some of the chickpeas.
On day 4 or 5 the chickpeas will be ready to eat. The sprouts are ready when the sprouting section is about 1 cm long.
The taste test was performed by two teenage boys who happened to be present when I removed them from the cupboard. They enthusiastically tried one sprout (you can eat the chickpea and the sprouting section), then another, and then demanded a handful each.
I did manage to save a few for myself before they disappeared. I had my reservations about eating the chickpeas as I thought that the skin around the chickpeas would be quite fibrous, but it wasn’t. The sprouted chickpeas tasted like young, moderately sweet, raw peas. Quite a good taste as far as I’m concerned. The kids obviously thought so too, though they didn’t actually put it into words.
Chickpea sprouts are powerhouses of nutrition. They are low in fat, high in fibre, and contain lots of vitamins and minerals. If you want to find out more about the nutrition, then check out supersprouts for more information. You could also check out our general post on sprouting seeds and beans.
Try them out. Let me know what you think.