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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

How to skin chickpeas, removing chickpea skins

How to skin chickpeas - Removing Chickpea skin I got a question through my contact form asking How to skin chickpeas?

Here is the question I got and my answer below that.

The question:

Thank you for your simple, thorough instructions regarding howto cook chickpeas.

I have a question that I'm hoping you will be able to answer. I am(obviously) new to chickpeas and love them. However, they seem to have a "skin" or "hull" on them. Does that need to be removed? If so, is there a quicker way to remove them than to peel each off individually?

Thank you so much for your website.


My answer:

Method for removing chickpea skin :

I love chickpeas and cook them often. I always use them along with the skin. When the chickpeas are cooked soft, the skin is soft too. I have never found the need to remove theskin.

But if you like, you may remove chickpea skin in the following way. You will find this as a quick method to remove skin from the chickpeas compared to peeling each one individually.

After your chickpeas are almost cooked (either in the pot on the stove top or in pressure cooker), take the pot off the heat and add a few glasses of cold water to it.

The skins will crack and loosen and float on the top. Remove them with a slotted spoon. Stir the chickpeas and more loosened skins will come to the top. Most of the skin can beremoved in this way.

If a lot of skin still remains, put your hand in the pot (it will be cold because of the cold water) and take a fistful chickpeas at a time and rub them lightly with your fingers. (Do not use any pressure while rubbing. You will get mashed chickpeas).

Now the remaining skins should also come off. Remove them with a slotted spoon. If you want to cook your chickpeas further (for chickpea curry or soup) to soften them more, you can do that now by boiling them a little longer.

Add the chickpeas onto a colander if you want to remove the excess water (if you don't need water for your recipe). If you want to dry them some more, spread the chickpeas on a cloth or a towel and allow drying a little under a fan or leaving them on a plate in the fridge.Use the skinned chickpeas as you want.

Hope this answers your question: How to skin chickpeas?

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