Cumin Green Garbanzo Beans

My daughter goes to a co-op preschool. Once a week, I have to make food for all the children in the preschool, as part of my duties. I have decided that on a weekly basis I will be making and taking something homemade and something they haven’t eaten before to the school.

Today’s recipe was a Cumin Green Garbanzo Beans. Most people know Garbanzo (chickpeas) Beans as white or pale colored beans. Green Garbanzo Beans is the fresh unprocessed state of white or pale colored beans.  You can find fresh garbanzo beans in a local Farmer’s market when in season or in the frozen food section of local Indian grocery stores. Green Garbanzos are high in fiber and folate and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, thus promoting a healthy heart. Green Garbanzo beans do not require any insecticide on them as the insects don’t like their seeds because of malic acid.

This recipe is a great recipe for breakfast and an afternoon snack, as it takes only 3 minutes to cook.

2 cups of Green Garbanzo Beans

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp cumin seeds (you can use less if you like but cumin isn’t very strong)


1)    Add a bit of oil to a frying pan on medium heat.

2)    Add the cumin seeds and sauté for 20 seconds.

3)    Add the garbanzo beans (I used a frozen packet that was already precooked) and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

4)    Add salt to taste and serve!

The Verdict:

This was the first time kids at my daughter’s preschool had seen Green Garbanzo Beans. We put out 40 servings to kids and only 15 came back. I was happy that almost 60% of them chose to eat and try the garbanzo beans for the first time.  They liked it, it was crunchy and had a little nutty flavor. The parents gobbled up the left over servings.

Try them, they are addictive AND very healthy for you.

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  1. These look yummy! I am a new convert to green garbanzos! I was fooling around with them and here’s what I came up with:

    Great minds think alike!

  2. Laura says:

    Do you defrost the frozen green garbanzos first?

  3. Rashmi says:

    No I don’t defrost them. I just toss them in the pan as is. If you want you can soak them in water for a few minutes prior to making them.

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