Saturday, 20 December 2014

Hummus ~ Basic and Simple

Hummus, a very popular Middle Eastern dip that is used as an appetizer and served with pita bread.

  • Chickpeas, boiled- 1 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil-  ¼ cup + 2 tbsp (add more if required for blending)
  • Garlic- 5 small cloves (Indian size)
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp 
  • Red chili powder or cayenne pepper- 1 tsp or to taste
  • Roasted cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds- 2 tbsp (or ¼ cup tahini)
  • Salt- to taste

  • Soak chickpeas for minimum 8 hours. Boil with salt. Cook till soft.
  • Roast the sesame seeds.
  • Grind sesame seeds into fine powder.
  • Add cooked chickpeas, chili powder, cumin powder, garlic, salt, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in the same grinder.
  • Blend to a smooth paste.
  • Pour this paste~hummus in the bowl. Dazzle some olive oil and sprinkle little chili powder and cumin powder. 

Serving Suggestions: 
Serve hummus as dip with pita bread. 
Use as sandwich or wrap spread.

Extra hummus can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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