You will need
500 g (3 cups) dry chickpeas
1 t (5 ml) bicarbonate of soda
1 T (15 ml) Ina Paarman’s Vegetable Stock Powder
When using tinned chickpeas
Drain off the liquid. Slice and dice the skinned lemon. Add chives, Dressing, garlic, cumin and chickpeas. Taste for seasoning and garnish with reserved lemon zest.
Home cooked chickpeas
Start the night before by putting the chickpeas in a biggish stainless steel saucepan. Add enough water so that the chickpeas are well covered by about 2cm of water. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and leave to soak overnight.
Drain the chickpeas. Cover with clean cold water and place on a high heat. Add Vegetable Stock Powder. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for ± 2 hours, until chickpeas are very soft but still retain their shape. Drain. Use 2 cups (500ml) for the salad and freeze the rest.