Hummus-the popular and healthy Middle Eastern Dip

 

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Chick peas, deep flavoured garlic, zingy lemon, nutty sesame and earthy olive oil-  what’s not to love! Hummus is a tangy and super tasty dip from the Middle East. It is made with boiled chick peas and gets a lovely nutty flavour from the toasted sesame seeds that go into it. Team it with crackers as a yummy dip or make delectable sandwiches with home-made pita pockets, it is a treat! And it is so easy to make. Make a big batch and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a fortnight. Moreover, this delicious dip is said to have numerous health benefits. And though the taste is already a charmer, The Huffington Post gives us 10 healthy reasons to eat Hummus!

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Let’s make Hummus with this easy-to-follow pictorial

Start with making ‘Tahini’

Toast 3 Tbsp of hulled sesame seeds/safed til till it changes colour slightly.
Cool and grind with 1 tbsp Olive oil (add a few spoons more if needed).

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Tahini ready!!

And now to Hummus!  You need

1 cup chick peas/kabuli chane, pressure cooked till cooked tender (save the water used to boil the chick peas)
All the tahini prepared
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
Salt, to taste
4-5 Tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil (add more if needed)
3-4 cloves of galic, coarsely pounded
1 tsp toasted cumin powder
Water left over from boiling the chick peas

To garnish
Paparika/chilli flakes/kashmiri lal mirch
Roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder)
1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Add the boiled chick peas and Tahini to the mixer and grind.

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Add garlic, lemon juice, salt, cumin powder, olive oil and grind.
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Add water  slowly as required to get a smooth paste. Adjust salt and lemon juice to taste.
Serve topped with paprika, cumin powder and a liberal glug of olive oil. You could add some toasted sesame seeds too!
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Stuff into Pita bread and make crunchy sandwiched with falafel and salad or pair it as a dip with a snack- it’s a winner!

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I have adapted the recipe from here at The Daring Gourmet. 

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