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Hummus

Hummus

Hummus is a creamy chickpea dip,served as an appitizer or snack with flat bread or pita.Hummus is an Arabic word for Chickpea.

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip prepared with Chickpeas and seasoned with lemon juice,garlic and salt added tahini and olive oil and pureed.For spicy Hummus add red chilli or Cayenne Pepper a pinch ..

It is easy to buy Hummus at any store but Homemade is always the best,and you can adjust the taste or flavours  that suits your family…If using canned ones theres no cooking Absolutely..

I used the dried chicpeas, soaked overnight and then cooked till done.

Things you need

Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) – 100 gms

Tahini (Sesame Paste) – 4-5 tbsps

Olive oil – 2 tbsps

Garlic – 2 pods grated

Juice of  1 lemon

Salt to taste

Water – boiled and cooled 1/2 cup

Fresh coriander/Cilantro – a hand ful chopped

Red chilli powder – a dash

For Garnish

Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Red chilli powder  – a pinch to sprinkle

Fresh cilantro – 1 tsp chopped

Method

Soak the Chickpeas overnight and the next day drain and wash.Place in a vessel with enough water and boil with a little salt till done .Do not overcook.

When done drain and cool the chickpeas and place in a blender or food processor and add all the remaining ingredients and run the blender scrape the sides  in between and add water to run easily and pureed.

Move to the serving dish or small platter and slightly make a shallow well in the middle and pour the olive oil and sprinkle red chilli powder and cilantro.

Hummus Served with Flat Bread

Serve with warmed flat bread or pita.Hummus can be used as a dip or spread.The chickpeas are high in protein and Tahini made of sesame is an antioxidant.This is a nutritious dish served with veggies too.

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