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Monday, May 9, 2011

Chickpeas, Garbanzo Beans... Kacang Puteh

Kacang Puteh 4

Kacang Puteh 7

Kacang Puteh

This is an extremely lazy and easy post. There is really no recipe involved but you would wonder why we don't make this more often since it is such a delicious and healthy snack... I couldn't stop gobbling them up as I was watched The Mentalist last night. (Love the twinkle in Simon Baker's eyes every time he smiles.)

To oldies like us, chickpeas are Kacang Puteh. I did not learn about the term Chickpeas until when I got much much older. As for Garbanzo beans? I only started seeing the term a few years back when Organic grocery stores started to offer the organic version of these humble beans....

Kacang Puteh, in the old days were sold by Kacang Puteh Men - usually cart venders from South India. They would normally park their carts / stalls outside a cinema. Those were the days before we saw the influx of Caramel Popcorns, Nachos and Cheese and possibly the ubiquitous potato chips.

Kacang is 'nut' in Malay and Puteh means 'white'. One would find a variety of chickpeas, peanuts, sugar coated tapioca chips and muruku at the stall. Most of the nuts are either deep fried or roasted. This Kacang Puteh shown here today is boiled and has a soft and slightly powdery texture. This has always been my favourite at the stall where we would pick and choose what we wanted and the Kacang Puteh man would then unscrew the cap of the glass bottles and scoop the nuts into a cone fashioned out of torn out pages from magazines. Depending on the type of nuts one chose, each cone would cost about 20cents to 50cents.Today? Not only has the Kacang Puteh man become a rare sight, the kancang puteh cone now costs about $2 - so I have been told.

I got these chickpeas for 95 cents at the supermarket and they boil up to pack a pot big enough to fill up many many paper cones to be enjoyed with nostalgia over a DVD screening....

Kacang Puteh 2(250)

Recipe :
Dried Chickpeas         
Tumeric powder ( Adding tumeric power will make it more yellow. I did not add this for this preparation)
Baking soda (this will help to soften the peas)

Method :

1. Wash the chickpeas and place them in a pot. Cover with water. Add a little baking soda (roughly 1/8 tsp for 100g of chickpeas)  and let chickpeas soak overnight.

2. Drain away water. Rinse with fresh water and soak chickpeas in fresh water for another 10mins to remove the alkalinity. Drain.
3. Fill pot with enough water to cover the chickpeas. Add tumeric powder if you wish. Boil for about 25mins until softened. (alternatively, you can boil this in a pressure cooker - it will cut down cooking time.)

4. Drain and season with a little salt.


Anh said...

i have heard from this snack! Chickpeas are yummy! love!

Lisa H. said...

We call this kacang kuda n kacang puteh is the dried snack version. I love them both n once start.. I cant stop :)
Photos are brilliant especially the one packed in that so familiar conical shape paper... Nostalgia :)

Zurin said...

MY FAVOURITE snack! I love it boiled. Now i need to go out and get some to boil. Still quite a number of kacang putih men on this side of the causeway...only these days they drive vans :)

Anncoo said...

I still remember I had this kacang puteh when I was a little girl.. :)

Jeannie said...

This post brings back good old memories of the kacang putih man from across the road... every evening we never fail to go over to buy some paper cupful of kacang putih from him:)

yummylittlecooks said...

It's been a long time since I had this.Eat it while still hot...delicious.

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy to snack delicious

Jean said...

this is nostalgic...i haven seen any of these around my neighborhood for ages already. brings back the memories!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Wah, it sells for 20cents Sing last time?
It's only RM10sen here 25 years back for a cone of that. But maybe ours is smaller. But for a kid, it's more than enough. I could just eat these peas for a meal. Very filling and satisfying.

Joanne said...

chickpeas as snack healthy! And so delicious...they are my favorite legume!

Jo said...

Delicious and I just had some in my salad this evening. Another version of making this which I had done is to boil the chickpeas and then fry it with chopped onions, mustard seed and a pinch of tumeric, not forgetting salt of course. Yummy!

gertrude said...

Carlos think I am obsessed with Simon Baker. I too think he has such a sweet smile. I remember eating this steamed kacang kuda during school days.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Shirley, I too love these chickpeas.
Only I call it, 'chickadees', ha ha.
For some reason or other when I was very young I called it that. Can't remember why. It stuck.
And yes, I too love munching it...cold! when watching TV.
Healthy food too.
You have a nice day, keep a song in your heart.

Anonymous said...

I love steamed chick peas. Have not had them in ages.

Anonymous said...

This post is so nostagic! I love kacang puteh when I was young. Especially eating them in the cinema.

daphne said...

it's my kind of snack when i was a kid..and i still sneak in a few chickpeas when i'm making soups and stews in my mouth LOL U remind me what to make for hubby and my movie night!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

one of my favourite snack when i was a kid.

pigpigscorner said...

A very healthy snack!

Anonymous said...

Arh...those were the days..

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Love this simple and healthy snack as well as your cones to present them.

noobcook said...

This is one of my favourite childhood snack. Brings back fond memories :)


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