7 Amazing Chickpea Substitute That Will Make You Surprised

Originating from Africa, then introduced into the Americas and European countries, Chickpeas gradually spread and spread throughout the world.

Chickpeas are used to make yummy dishes such as Pasta, Salad, Soup or Curry (Vegan cuisine). That is the reason why people who have not come from the above country look for chickpea substitute in their dishes. 

Young chickpeas are pale green and they turn golden brown when ripe. It is called chickpea because the bean has a yellow color like the beak of a chick.

Chickpeas also go under other names such as Garbanzo bean in Spanish and Ceci in Italian. It is also known as Egyptian pea or chana and chole.

Chickpeas contain the highest nutrient content of any legume, it is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. However, not all places in the world can grow this type of bean.

What Do Chickpeas Taste Like?

There are 2 types of chickpeas, including Desi and Kabuli. Desi seeds are small, dark-colored and rough. This variety is mainly grown in Ethiopia and Mexico.

Meanwhile, Kabuli is lighter in color, larger in grain, the kernel has a thinner crust than the Desi type. Kabuli is mainly cultivated in southern Europe, North America, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Chile.

Fresh chickpeas are ready to be harvested in mid-summer or late fall. Cut the branches and enjoy beans while fresh; they are sweet and crunchy. Some people will find the chickpea  a bit strong to taste, even more than cannellini bean.

Chickpeas are extremely versatile, they can be eaten when they are fresh or dried and cooked. Many people prefer to use chickpea in a variety of soups, stews, salads and, of course, puréed and mixed with tahini for Hummus bi Tahina.

I quite like the chickpea’s crunchy texture and fatty taste, but I don’t really like its scent. So sometimes I will look for an alternative bean with a similar texture but a lighter fragrance for cooking.

Chickpea Substitutes You Can Use

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Basically, You can use Northern Beans, Kidney Beans or Lentils to substitute for chickpea. Because they have similar taste and nutrition compared with the same amount of chickpea.

Moreover, Edamame, Split Peas, Cannellini Beans is not a bad choice. But you have to know the exact amount to replace before using it. Let’s check more detail of all kind in this article.


Lentils are part of the legume family, which is lenticular in shape, perhaps that is why they are named Latin Lens Culinaris. They are also one of the oldest food sources, dating back to more than 9,000 years.

Some common types of lentils include black lentils, red lentils, yellow-brown lentils, yellow lentils, lentils Macachiados, green lentils, and many other varieties.

It also tastes as fat as chickpea but has a more pleasant aroma.

Lentils are consumed more often in Asian countries, especially India. This is understandable as India has the largest number of vegetarians and lentils can be a substitute for meat in providing the necessary protein.

These beans are good for dieters because they contain a lot of protein, making them feel full after a few bites.

Moreover, it is also beneficial for vegetarians because the protein contained provides enough nutrition for the body to function, thereby eliminating the need for fish or meat consumption.

Lentils also have vitamin B1, many minerals and high fiber content, which those with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and smooth skin can benefit from.

I personally like to eat lentils because it is fleshy and delicious. Lentils can usually be processed in many ways. The most common way is to use lentils to make soups or make them into salads.

Northern Beans

North beans are larger than navy beans, but slightly smaller and have a more nutty flavor than the kidney-shaped cousin cannellini.

It also has a lighter flavor than chickpea, therefore if you don’t like the strong taste of chickpea, you can try to replace it with Northern beans.

With a nutty flavor, peas are often used to make soups, stews, ragouts and salads. The health benefits of Northern beans are not inferior to chickpea.

Northern Beans also provide a variety of nutritional benefits for your health.

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are a type of bean in general, scientifically known as Phaseolus vulgaris, a family of peas native to Central America and Mexico. Kidney beans have a fatty taste similar to chickpea but not as strong as chickpea.

there would be some toxins. When cooked, kidney beans become healthy ingredients for the body.

Kidney beans have many different patterns and colors like white, black, red, purple, dotted, striped and so on.

Roasted Edamame

Roasted edamame is a type of bean native to Japan, very tasty and has a high nutritional value. The plant is rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats, and fiber.

It is good for the intestines, smoothens the skin on the face and also works to prevent some cancers. 

Roasted edamame is quite similar to Vietnamese soybeans. Edamame beans need to be harvested before being too old, and must be picked early in the morning so that they remain green.

Afterward, people will freeze the beans or their dishes to preserve for later use.

Roasted edamame can be eaten raw or boiled, and it is the main ingredient used in many dishes.

Note that the time and temperature when boiling is important, if you cook too long, the beans will turn yellow and the content of minerals and vitamins will be greatly reduced.

Split Peas

Split peas are mainly grown in temperate and semi-tropical regions. The fruit is harvested when grown to maturity. At that time, their seeds are green, soft and sweet.

Split peas can also be harvested later in the form of dried beans, when they are light green to yellow, less sweet and bitter.

Split peas are a great addition to your menu because in addition to their high concentration of vitamins and minerals, they also provide carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin that are good for the eyes.

In one cup of peas contains 30 milligrams of ALA, 130 milligrams of essential fatty acid, omega-6 and linoleic acid.

Although low in fat, they are important fats that are good for the body.

Cannellini Beans

Cannellini beans are primarily made up of carbs and fiber, and they are also a rich source of protein.

It has a naturally sweet taste like chickpea and is suitable for cooking vegetable-based soups.

A cup of boiled cannellini beans (177g) contains approximately 15g of protein, which is 27% of the total calorie content.

In fact, cannellini beans are one of the richest protein sources of plant sources.

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All of these chickpea substitutes have a unique flavor and healthy properties. In addition, it is important that you can easily find these beans at a supermarket or a store.

So what are you waiting for without adding these wonderful beans right into your daily menu?

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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Melody - a few months ago

I’m a bit vague on your substitutions. Am I to replace with an equal amount as in 1 cup chick peas replaced with 1 cup lentils? Also will the affect the cooking time of my lamb stew?

    Kevin Richard - a few months ago

    Hi Melody,

    I have to say that chickpeas and lentils have a little different of nutrition with the same amount. Eg: one cup of chickpea contains 14 gr protein, but lentils contains 18 gr. And about your cooking time, don’t worry it is not so much affect on your meal. Enjoy!

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