Chickpeas are a staple in every Middle Eastern kitchen. They are extremely versatile and can be used in an endless variety of dishes both as main courses and as side plates. There is a good reason why chickpeas are so widely used: they are an exceptionally healthy bean which benefit the human body in many ways:
Chickpeas are an incredible source of dietary fiber and we all know that a diet high in fiber is essential to one's digestive health. In addition, this miracle bean has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels (the bad type of cholesterol) and is a great source of iron. And of course, chickpeas are a wonderful source of protein so vegetarians should most definitely be adding these beans to their diet.One of my favorite ways to enjoy chickpeas (other than of hommos, of course) is in a light and simple salad. When I saw a recipe for a chickpea and burgul salad in Claudia Roden's Arabesque I knew I had to give this recipe a try.