Never soaked bean before and did not add enough water, only an inch of water. Now what to do?

Winging it, I put 1 lb of chickpeas in a pot, covered with an inch water and left them overnight. They’ve got plumped up but I realize I did not add enough water, now what to do? Cook per recipe or cook longer?

joanne sachs


Aja A. November 24, 2019
If cooking on the stovetop, you can put rinsed chickpeas in the pot, add enough water to cover the beans and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Use a spoon to remove any foam that rises to the surface. Lower the heat so that the water is at a simmer and cook the beans, stirring them occasionally and adding in more water, if needed, until they're at your desired level of tenderness. For chickpeas, this may take around two hours.
joanne S. November 24, 2019
Thank you for the feedback!
Aja A. November 24, 2019
Hi Joanne! What is the recipe you are using?
joanne S. November 24, 2019
Hi Aja,

Making this
Aja A. November 24, 2019
Nice recipe! I would follow this recipe and just eyeball this as you go, you may have to cook these a bit longer than 2 hours since they were not soaked. If the water begins to evaporate, replace the water if the chickpeas are not tender. They should be soft and tender about 2-3 hours in!
Nancy November 24, 2019
Further to your point, and for futures, all beans can be cooked direct from dried (yes, no soaking).
Some goons, eaters and food writers even prrfer them this way.
joanne S. November 24, 2019
Great. Thank you!
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