A Global Chickpea Shortage Is Coming—Here Are the Best Substitutes

Did you hear? Global chickpea supplies could decline 20% this year, according to Reuters. Weather, war, and other causes have reduced

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Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine includes these deep-fried chickpea balls. Pitas can be filled with falafel, chopped tomatoes,

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cucumbers, and hummus or tahini. There are many ways to make falafel without chickpeas using edamame or black beans.

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Hummus—pureed chickpeas—makes a great dip when spiced with parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, or spicy sauce. 

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You can make a fantastic puree with white beans, black beans, or edamame instead of chickpeas. No difference may be noticeable.

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Roasted chickpeas with herbs and spices make a tasty snack. Swap chickpeas for fava beans, butter beans, black-eyed peas, or black beans to duplicate your favorite flavors.

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Chickpeas give protein, fiber, and texture to salads. Use pinto beans, navy beans, cannellini beans, or edamame instead of chickpeas in your salad (as in my Chicken, Kale,

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Chickpeas enhance animal and plant-based stews. If they're scarce, try cannellini, great northern, white kidney, or navy beans. Chickpeas'

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creamy texture and somewhat nutty flavor are matched. Use black or pinto beans in stew for a richer taste.

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