The round little legumes are a staple in cuisines all over the world. Chickpeas are known by many different names such as garbanzo beans, chana, Egyptian peas, and whole Bengal gram.
Chickpeas are high in protein, making a great meal option for vegans and vegetarians. They are also high in fiber, which can make you feel fuller faster and help to regulate blood sugar. Chickpeas also contain potassium, iron, and calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
There are countless ways to enjoy chickpeas, but some popular options include mashed up as the main ingredient in hummus, fried as falafel, bathed in rich sauce in chana masala, or roasted and spiced as a bite-sized snack.