Chickpea Rice

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This chickpea rice recipe is a variation of a Turkish recipe using garbanzo beans. If you are looking for ways to add more protein into your diet without eating meat, then try this recipe! This recipe uses canned beans so it is a quick and simple dish. You basically cook it as you normally would and just add the can of beans. That is it. Very basic, but adds flavor and variety to your dish, especially if you were getting bored of plain white or brown rice. If desired, you can add additional protein to this dish, such as strips of beef or chicken, thus turning this side dish into a main course.

You will need the following for this Chickpea Rice recipe:

Cook Time: 25 minutes (White); 50 minutes (Brown)

Serves: 2

  • 1 C. Rice (White or Brown); I used brown rice for this recipe
  • 3 T. Butter
  • 14.5 oz. Can Garbanzo Beans 
  • 1 1/2 C. Water (White Rice); 1 3/4 C. Water (Brown Rice)
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Curry


1) To prepare this dish, start by melting butter in a saucepan. Once the butter melts, add the garbanzo beans and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the seasonings: Salt, Red Pepper Flakes, Cumin and Curry.

2) Add the rice and mix with the garbanzo beans.

3) Add the water, then cover. Cook until done.

If you prefer to use the dried beans instead, you will need to soak it overnight and the cook time is about 45 minutes to an hour.

To Serve

Serve this wonderful dish with grilled foods such as steaks, kofte, chicken or pork! You can also add a healthy side dish of salad or vegetables.

Other recipes:

You can add these beans to other dishes. You can add them to soups, stews or salads. There are a variety of Turkish recipes and other Middle Eastern dishes that use these beans. It's very popular in the Middle East. You can look up Moroccan recipes and other North African cuisines. 

If you go into a Middle Eastern grocery store, you can even find snacks made up of dried beans. They are toasted and taste delicious!

If you have not tried them before, I suggest trying them out using this recipe or add less than a handful of them in a salad. They are hearty and have tons of protein. You will also need to season them as they are bland on their own.

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