*Tips for cooking dried chickpeas to aid in digestion and reduce the gas-producing properties:
1. Place all beans in a large container with a generous amount of water. Cover and soak for at least 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. The beans expand during this soaking process, so make sure there is a good amount of space in the container. Soaking the beans both decreases cooking time and helps remove some of the sugars that are hard to digest!
2. Drain soaking liquid from beans and rinse them under cold water. Add beans to either a pressure cooker or large pot and cover with 8 cups of water or stock. Add a 2-inch strip of kombu to the pot or pressure cooker along with a clove of garlic and a bay leaf. Kombu, an edible sea vegetable high in iodine, iron, and calcium, has enzymes that further assist with breaking down the sugars in beans that can cause gas or intestinal complaints! The garlic and bay leaf are mainly for flavor!
3. Cook for 20 minutes in a pressure cooker or about 1 hour on the stove until soft. If using a pressure cooker such as an instant pot, let the pressure release on its own instead of using the quick release method. This will help the beans hold their structure.
4. Drain liquid from beans if there is some left in the pot and pour into a large mixing bowl. Add a generous amount of sea salt and let cook before adding the beans to your salad!