Very simple... rinse them first then throw 2 cups of chickpeas and 6 cups of water into a slow cooker put it on low and in the morning they are cooked and ready to go! You will find that by time they are cooked you will have more like 6 cups of chickpeas so you can do lots with a very small amount.

Cooked your chickpeas... now what?

Falafel Recipe

Once you've cooked your chickpeas, falafels are really quick and easy to make. This recipe makes about 10. They will also freeze well for later use.

5 cups of cooked chickpeas
1 onion diced
4 cloves of garlic chopped
3 spring onions chopped
large handful of fresh coriander chopped
handful of fresh parsley chopped
pinch of salt and some pepper
2 chillis chopped (optional)
2 teaspoons of cumin
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1/12 tablespoons of flour
spoon of olive oil

1.Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix it up. Put all in a food processor to whizz it up (couple of batches probably needed as quite a lot of mixture) until everything in small chunks. 
2.Make flat round shapes with them, if they arn't sticking together you may need a little more oil and flour into mixture. 
3.If you've got time put them on a plate in fridge for 1/2 hour or so.
4.Put some oil in a roasting tray, add falafels to it and put in oven for around 1/2 hour (until brown) turning halfway through to make sure cooked on both sides. 
5.Enjoy with a wrap or pitta bread with salad and your choice of dip or mayonnaise.