Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are one of the most perfect foods. Hearty and light at the same time, they're satisfying on their own and also pair well with a range of dishes. With a flavor profile between neutral and nutty, they're a great backdrop for spices and sauces, but are interesting enough with nothing more than a splash of lemon or a sprinkle of salt. They stay in tact in soups and stews, turn perfectly crispy when fried, and create wonderful spreads and purees because of their natural creaminess (ahem, hummus).
It's no wonder the world is obsessed with hummus -- but the glory of chickpeas doesn't stop there. Chickpea recipes are versatile and they're also full of nutrition. If you're not privy to cooking with garbanzo beans, try one of these recipes. You'll quickly change the error of your ways.
Here are 29 chickpea recipes that will convert you into a full-blown chickpea lover if you aren't one already.