Up until last week, my pantry supply of beans has always been in the form of Walmart's Great Value canned beans -- with the kidney beans being my favourite for their high protein and fibre content (interestingly the white kidney beans have more protein and fibre than the dark red variety...but I'm ashamed to say I often select the latter for no reason other than wanting to brighten up my meals). Occasionally to mix things up I toss a couple of cans of chickpeas into my shopping basket. One thing I've never bought is canned lentils, knowing that they're much cheaper dried from the bulk bin and a breeze to cook. Unfortunately it wasn't until last week that I discovered that the same holds true for beans.
For the last little while I've been noting the price of dried beans while at the grocery stores. Walmart sells 900 g bags for $2.76. Superstore and No Frills are cheaper yet with 1.8 kg bags for $5.29. However, it was in the spice-saturated air of an unassuming Indian grocery store, Fruiticana, that I hit the dried bean jackpot -- $0.79 per pound (pound! not 100 g) in the bulk bin. Their selection of beans was limited, but I came home with a bag each of chickpeas and lentils.
|2 cups of dried chickpeas|
|I covered the dried chickpeas with a couple of inches of water last night...|
|...and woke up to these swollen beans this morning|
|the end result|
|one of the many tasty ways to prepare chickpeas -- roasted!|
Have you cooked dried beans? If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!