Hummus (Chickpea Dip)

Hummus is a popular Mediterranean cuisine and a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. It’s commonly eaten in the Middle East and is also mostly liked by all in other countries as well.


Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and it makes the hummus taste incredible and Chickpeas is the base ingredient for hummus.


This is best served with warm pita bread and can also be enjoyed with veggies sticks or toasted bread.


Note: I have reserved this popular middle east bowl purchased from Dubai just for their cuisine :)





Ingredients

1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained,

¼ cup lemon juice

4 to 5 garlic pods, roughly chopped

½ teaspoon finesalt, to taste

½ cup tahini (sesame paste)

2 to 4 tablespoons ice water.

½ teaspoon ground cumin (optional

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


For Tahini

3 tbsp sesame seeds

2 to 3 tbsp olive oil


To make tahini, slightly roast the sesame seeds in medium heat and once cooled, grind it into a smooth paste adding olive oil to it till a creamy paste is formed.


Cook the chickpeas in enough water and keep aside to cool down.


To make Hummus


Grind together salt, tahini and Garlic pods till blended. Gently add the cooked chick peas whilst adding lemon juice, cold water and olive oil gradually during the grinding process. Grind together checking the salt and lemon juice till a rich creamy hummus is developed.


Fresh lemon juice is really important for excellent hummus, fresh garlic adds a little spice and Olive oil makes the texture of the hummus luxurious.


The order of adding the ingredients also plays an important part in getting the right texture and taste. This rich and filling dip is very easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for upto a week. Do make and reserve for the upcoming ramadan :)


We add a little drizzle of the olive oil on top of the swirly hummus when we serve it. We have many variations in hummus and this is the basic recipe.




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