chick·pea | \ˈchik-ˌpē \

Definition of chickpea 

: an Asian herb (Cicer arietinum) of the legume family cultivated for its short pods with one or two seeds also : its seed

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Pakora fried in chickpea batter can be a fine thing, especially the shaggy knobs of fried spinach here. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 And Milwaukeeans should gravitate toward fish pakora ($9.99), a plateful of swai fillets, each the size of a few bites, coated in chickpea flour and fried golden brown. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New owners bring fine flavors to Royal India restaurant on Milwaukee's south side," 12 June 2018 These sassy, grain-free cookies are made with chickpea flour (packed with protein and other vitamins), all natural peanut butter, and whole milk. Sunset, "10 Best Healthy Pet Treats," 22 Jan. 2018 Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes until mixture somewhat thickens, then add 1 teaspoon salt, the brown lentils, red lentils and chickpeas. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Ramekins hold Middle Eastern labneh (think yogurt) with za’atar and chickpeas, there’s an eggplant spread something like baba ghanoush, mashed avocado, tuna salad, feta, side salad, Greek yogurt with granola, jam, and a very good multigrain roll. Sheryl Julian,, "Cafe Landwer in Audubon Circle is a taste of home for local Israeli-born residents," 9 July 2018 This is actually the water or juice-like substance found in cans of chickpeas. Rachel King, Fortune, "Sustainable Cocktails Could Be the Next Big Trend in Bartending," 2 July 2018 When time is finally up, Ramsay presents a marinated steak of cauliflower dusted in vadouvan spice and paired with a garlic, onion, chickpea, and tomato puree. Olivia Harrison,, "Madelaine Petsch Forced Gordon Ramsey To Cook Vegan & The Results Were Disastrous," 11 June 2018 Shipped in ready-to-heat cups (simply microwave for one to two minutes), the preservative-free vegetable medleys are available in three refreshing flavors: chickpea and za’atar, beet and sesame, and kale and lemongrass. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 New Healthy Meal-Delivery Programs, Just In Time for Summer," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of chickpea

circa 1722, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chickpea

alteration of chich pea, from Middle English chiche, from Anglo-French, from Latin cicer

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English Language Learners Definition of chickpea

: a pale round seed that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable


chick·pea | \ˈchik-ˌpē \

Kids Definition of chickpea

: an edible roundish pale yellow seed from the pod of an Asian plant that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

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