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Keep This In Mind When Substituting Dried Chickpeas For Canned
By Lauren Farkas
Canned and dry chickpeas are delicious, but you cannot substitute them in a one-to-one ratio. You need to consider the recipe's measurements and the type of chickpeas you have.
Canned chickpeas are more voluminous and have a higher water content since they're pre-cooked. As a result, they're larger and less dense than dry chickpeas.
A pound of dry chickpeas is just under 3 cups, while a pound of canned chickpeas is 7 cups. If you only have dry chickpeas on hand, cut the suggested measurement in half.
For example, if a falafel recipe calls for two 15-ounce cans of chickpeas, which equates to 3 cups, you can substitute with 1½ cups of dry chickpeas since they'll double in size.
Plan and prepare accordingly if you anticipate using dry chickpeas in a recipe because they need to soak overnight and cook for an additional two hours.