Chickpea is a legume with seeds that are high in protein. Chickpeas are also a source of zinc, folate and dietary phosphorus. They are low in fat and most of this is polyunsaturated. Other common names for the species include garbanzo bean, ceci bean, chana, sanagalu, and Bengal gram. Chickpeas are grown in the Mediterranean, western Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Australia.
Mature chickpeas can be cooked and eaten cold in salads, cooked in stews, ground into a flour called gram flour (also known as chickpea flour and besan and used frequently in Indian cuisine), ground and shaped in balls or stirred into a batter and baked. Often also used as a binder, this is one of the most versatile of legumes.
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