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Hummus / Chickpeas dip

Hummus / Chickpeas dip

Looking for a great dip to go with breads and veggies for your next dinner party? Or maybe a healthy dip to snack on at work? Or perhaps just a simple vegan spread for your sandwiches and wraps? Enter the hummus! A versatile Middle Eastern dip, made from simple, handy ingredients, which goes well with just about anything. Its popularity speaks for itself and I guess it is available almost everywhere around the world.

K800_20131117_101038But why wait to go to that Arabic restaurant or buy store-made hummus, when you can whip it up at home in no time at all

K800_20131117_101054You can use canned chickpeas for Hummus. Personally I prefer to go the long way – macerate dried chickpeas overnight in water. Cook in a pressure cook the next day until very soft. Save the drained water. Keep aside. Grind the chickpeas alongwith tahini, garlic and lemon juice.

K800_20131117_085313Add the drained water while grinding until it forms a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl or plate. Make a well in the centre and pour olive oil. The hummus just tastes excellent with some olive oil. Garish with some red chili powder, for a professional look and serve with homemade pita bread / khubuz.

K800_20131117_104516Ingredients:
1 tin of canned chickpeas / 1 cup Dried chickpeas – soaked in water overnight and cooked in a pressure cooker the next day with salt and 2 ½-3 cups water till soft.
2-3 tblsp Tahini (roasted sesame paste) (can be bought at any store)
1 tsp Lime juice
2 pods Garlic- finely chopped
2 tblsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper or chilli powder (for garnish)
Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Drain the water from the boiled chickpeas and keep the water aside. Same if you are using canned chickpeas
  2. Grind the chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lime juice and around 1 cup water to a smooth paste. Check the consistency and add water as required. It should be a semi thick consistency.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl or plate and make a well in the centre and pour the olive oil and sprinkle cayenne pepper or red chili powder.

Serve with fresh warm pita bread or veggies

 



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