Friday, 13 March 2015

How to Make Perfect Hummus

Hummus or Hummus Recipe


Yesterday, I posted recipe for Pita Bread which came out awesome and is almost eaten in every meal in middle east. And I also talked about Hummus. so I could not really hold myself till Saturday and I called my mom in morning to soak the chickpeas so that I could make this wonderful healthy and delicious middle eastern dish on Thursday night itself.

Hummus with Tahini
Hummus with Tahini
Hummus is a traditional middle eastern dish and is actually eaten as a dip with fresh Pita Bread and is actually a snack. In Arabic, Hummus literally means ChickPeas. Today, what I am sharing is Hummus with TahiniTahini is an integral part of Hummus and cannot be substituted. It is actually white Sesame seeds paste. You can exclude it if you want.

Nutritional Information: (Source: Wikipedia)

Hummus is high in Iron and Vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and Vitamin B6. The chickpeas are a good source of protein and dietary fiber; the tahini consists mostly of sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid methionine, complementing the proteins in the chickpeas. Depending on the recipe, hummus carries varying amounts of monounsaturated fat. Hummus is useful in vegetarian and vegan diets; like other combinations of grains and pulses, it serves as a complete protein when eaten with bread.




Hummus with Tahini
Hummus with Tahini

There can be more variations for Hummus but today it is the basic traditional Hummus that you will get.

Recipe:
Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Chikpeas soaked overnight. Well boiled.
  2. Liquid left from boiled chickpeas. Around 1/2 cup.
  3. Crushed Garlic
  4. 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of White Sesame seeds. Soaked in water for few hours. Now, you may even dry roast sesame seeds and add into Hummus if you do not like the raw taste.
  5. Salt to taste.
  6. Lemon Juice.
  7. Coriander for garnishing.
  8. 4 Table spoons Olive Oil


Method:
  1. Mix Chickpeas, Salt, 2 tablespoons Olive oil, Garlic, Lemon juice, Sesame seeds in a grinder.
  2. Grind them to a smooth paste.
  3. Add the leftover liquid in between to get the right consistency. The consistency you want is silky smooth like a dip or spread. It should not be too dry or thick.
  4. Once it has been grinded to a fine paste, put it in a bowl or dish.
  5. Make a small well in the middle and add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
  6. Garnish with coriander.
  7. Eat away with freshly baked Pita Bread. Here is the recipe for Pita Bread.

This is actually true blue healthy recipe and since being an Indian I have eaten chickpeas in certain ways only, this new way of eating chickpeas is just awesome. It has the strong garlic flavor which I love so much.

Do try this and let me know if you liked it.

Love,
Raj


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