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Definition: Garbanzos are a type of legume used in a number of Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean cuisines. Tan colored and round, garbanzos (or garbanzo beans) have a nutty, mild flavor and retain a slight crunch even after they're cooked.

Ground garbanzos are the main ingredient in falafel and hummus, both traditional Middle Eastern recipes.

Garbanzos are extensively used in Indian cuisine, in recipes like chana masala and also in curries.

Cooked garbanzo beans can also be used in making cold salads. Here's a recipe for a garbanzo bean salad.

Garbanzos are also widely used in Italian cooking. Traditional Italian recipes like pasta e fagioli and minestrone are made with garbanzo beans.
Also Known As:
  • Chickpeas
  • Ceci beans
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