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!
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).
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
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.
Add garlic, lemon juice, salt, cumin powder, olive oil and grind.
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!
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!