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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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Falafel – A Chickpea Patty (Israel’s National Food)

Falafel is said to be first made in Egypt,dating back to Biblical Times and originating somewhere on the Indian subcontinent  is made of soaked chickpeas ground with few other ingredients and deep fried and is claimed as “The National Snack or Food” of Israel…So Interesting and Excited about this I tried this and I can tell you This is the Best Snack you can make easily.
This Meditteranian food is very popular all over the Middle East,Served as a traditional dish perfect as a treat or snack or filling maincourse.Served as street food or fastfood in Cairo…Even here in the Middle east..
Mostly Served with Hummus, and Tabouleh(Salad of Burghol,Parsely,onion and tomato)  with falafel broken into small pieces and served in pita pockets or wrapped makes a filling vegetarian dish.Used to replace meat .This is a part of Jewish Cuisine.The Egyptians Derived the word Falafel from Arabic word Filfil (Pepper)
I feel this resembles the Masala wada made in South India, but the Ingredients are quite different.Try to get the real taste of this Snack.
Falafel
Things you need to prepare
Chick peas – 200 gms soaked overnight and drained.
Onion – 1 small chopped roughly
Garlic – 2 cloves grated
Parsely – a handful chopped
Fresh Coriander – a handful chopped
Green chilli – 1-2 deseeded and chopped
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Baking soda – 1 pinch
Black pepper – 1/4 tsp
Oil for deep frying
1 Bun or 2 white Bread slices soaked in water

Method
Soak the chickpeas overnight and drain,When not using immediately keep the chickpeas along with little water in the refrigerator after rinsing.
Chickpeas soaked and Drained
Now divide into half and place one half of the chickpeas in the mixer jar or food processor and add onion and garlic and grind coarsely scraping the sides in between and remove into a mixing bowl.
Take another half of the chickpeas and add chopped herbs(parsley and fresh coriander),slightly crushed cumin,coriander seeds and pepper. and grind coarsely.
Ground Chickpeas with other Ingredients
Squeeze the water out of the bread and add to the mixing bowl along with salt and baking soda.Knead well with your palms and keep .
Chickpea mixture ready for patties
Now make patties with your palms as you wish mostly the Falafel looks like slightly flattened balls.

Chickpeas Patties

Heat oil for deep frying and fry in batches till golden brown.
Serve hot with Tomato  Sauce or Ketchup or Traditional Hummus….

Falafel with Tomato Ketchup


Baba Ghannouj (Eggplant Dip)

Baba Ghannouj - Eggplant Dip

Baba Ghanouj is  the Arabic Name of Roasted Eggplant with Tahini.

This is a Traditional Mediterranian Dish also popular in the Middle East.Baba ghannouj is a vegetarian recipe ideal for Dipping pita bread or flat bread(Arabic Bread).This Dip is made from Eggplant and Tahini and has slightly nutty and smoked taste and flavour with smooth and creamy texture.

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

Egg Plant/Aubergine – 1 large

Garlic cloves – 2 grated

Tahini/Tanina(Sesame Paste) – 60 ml

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Olive Oil – 30 ml

Lemon Juice – juice of 1 small lemon

Red Chilli powder/Paprika – 1/2 tsp

Fresh coriander/Cilantro – a handful chopped

For Garnish

Olive oil – 2 tbsps

Mix bell peppers cut into diamond shapes and Cilantro or Parsely

Method

Grill the Egg plant in an oven or on stove top till the skin gets fully crisp and inside soft,We can know this by the appearance when it fully looks wilted.Remove and sprinkle cool water and keep so that skin peels off easily.

Grilled Eggplant

Then peel the skin and chop roughly.

Grilled,Peeled And chopped Eggplant

Take a blender jar or use food processor and place the chopped eggplant,and add all the ingredients mentioned and run till mixture is soft and creamy in texture.

Ready for blending

Transfer the prepared dip into serving dish and drizzle olive oil and serve with Pita bread or Arabic Bread(Flat Bread) slightly toasted or warmed.

Creamy Smooth Eggplant Dip

This is a tasty dip sooo smooth and creamy…Even Kids enjoyed…

Baba ghannouj is a healthy Dip as we can take Olive Oil as it is without heating and so all the goodness too.

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