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a bowl of cooked chickpeas

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas (Soak & Boil Method)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 9 hours
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Component, Main Dish
  • Method: Boiled, Soaked
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, American
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to cook dried chickpeas with this easy soak & boil method. This recipe makes about 3 cups of cooked chickpeas. All you need is water and one cup of dried chickpeas! Keep reading for instructions on how to do so on the stovetop, in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 4 cups water + 6 cups water


  1. Soak the chickpeas. Add the dried chickpeas and water to a large bowl (for every 1 cup of dried chickpeas add 4 cups of water). Let soak overnight, or for at least 8 hours. 
  2. Drain the chickpeas. Drain all of the water that the chickpeas soaked in and give them a good rinse.
  3. Cook the chickpeas. Add the chickpeas to a pot and cover with fresh water (should require at least 6 cups). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and cook for 45 minutes to an hour, or until they’ve reached your desired texture. See notes for pressure cooker & Instant Pot instructions.
  4. Enjoy! At this point the skins can be easily removed, if desired. Use your garbanzo beans to make hummus, crispy baked chickpeas, chickpea soups, and more. 


Pressure Cooker Instructions: To cook your soaked garbanzo beans, add to your pressure cooker and add liquid just until they’re covered. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Carefully open the pressure cooker according to manufacture instructions. Strain all remaining liquid and enjoy!

Instant Pot Instructions: To cook your soaked garbanzo beans, add to your instant pot and add water just until they’re covered. Select the pressure cooking setting and set the timer for 15-18 minutes (depending on how well done you’d like your chickpeas). Quick release and strain all remaining liquid. Enjoy!