by Justine Pattison

Chickpeas are filling, delicious, easy to cook and cheap, making them the perfect choice for students. See also our easy hummus recipe and easy falafel recipe for more ways to shuzsh up that tin!

Light meals & snacks

Buyer's guide

If buying dried chickpeas, look for firm examples with a uniform beige colour. Choose canned chickpeas stored in water, rather than brine.


Dried chickpeas can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to one year without deterioration. Cooked chickpeas can be frozen.