chick·​pea | \ ˈchik-ˌpē How to pronounce chickpea (audio) \

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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Enter Peri Koshari, a tiny cart almost entirely devoted to the dish, a sort-of Middle Eastern Whole Bowl with a mixed grain mash-up of lentils, rice, chickpeas and macaroni topped with a fried onions wig. Michael Russell,, "Peri Koshari is the one-dish Egyptian food cart we’ve been waiting for," 25 June 2019 India is by far the largest exporter of chickpeas in the world, producing over 9 million metric tons of the crop in 2017, according to Statista. Nadia Suleman, Time, "'The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Chickpeas.' Google Celebrates Falafel With a Doodle," 18 June 2019 Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, usually served inside pita bread, consisting of deep-fried ground chickpeas and fava beans. Maggie O'neill,, "Google Doodle Celebrates Falafel—What's in Falafel and Is It Healthy?," 18 June 2019 Anna Huynh and her husband, John Yap, knifed through the final course of the evening: Palestinian chicken qidra, a traditional dish served alongside basmati rice with chickpeas, herbs and spices. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: At this L.A. supper club, refugees share food and memories of the lives they left behind," 31 May 2019 In a large bowl, toss green beens with chickpeas, cannellini beans, and scallions. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Three-Bean Salad," 20 May 2019 Braise in the oven until the lamb shreds easily with a fork and the chickpeas are tender, about 5 hours. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 Get dry or canned lentils, beans, and chickpeas, which will add protein and fiber to your meals. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 Add red peppers, chickpeas and broth; cover and bring to a boil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Red Pepper Soup," 24 Oct. 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 How to pronounce chickpea (audio) \

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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