Chick peas are one of the most popular of the pulses as they have lots of flavour and texture. They can hardly be overcooked. The time pulses take to cook depends on their age so you simply have to test them now and then until they are done. This is a satisfying salad which makes a good lunch simply accompanied by bread and perhaps a lettuce salad. Remember to leave plenty of time beforehand for the soaking of the chick peas.