Hummus is a food dip or spread that originated from the Levant, and has gradually crept its way into most bars’ and cafes’ menus. Its origins may be unknown, but that hasn’t stopped it from gaining so much popularity in India that it has started to replace traditional Indian chutneys. It is essentially a humble mixprepared with chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. With its rise in demand, a lot of variations in added flavours have been developed. It may be costly to buy, but is easy to prepare with the added benefit of freshness. It is a healthy item, with appreciable contents of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins, manganese and other nutrients coming from the main ingredient, chickpeas.
In my family hummus is a favourite dish does not require a pita to consume. My children use it as spread over a crispy wheat bread, or as dip with nachos, radish, carrot and cucumber. Strips after workout. I have prepared Hummus with 3 types of flavours: Simple Sesame; Chili flakes; and olives & capers.
- Chickpeas/Kabuli Chana 1 cup
- Sesame paste 1 tblspn
- Toasted sesame seeds ½ tspn
- Roasted and grounded Cumin seeds 1 tspn
- Salt(preferably kosher) 1 tspn
- Lemon juice 1 tablspn
- Garlic pods 2-3
- Olive oil ¼ cup
Optional for flavor- Basil leaves/Rosemerry/Chili fakes/Olives/Capers
- Cook the chick peas in pressure cooker till soft. Cool and then strain it. Save the liquid for future use.
- In a grinder put grounded cumin seeds and garlic. Grind it for ½ min. Add lemon juice, salt and Chick peas and sesame paste and grind again till thick paste is formed.
If the paste is too thick add the strained chickpea liquid to form a smooth paste.
Add half of olive oil and grind it again till a buttery paste is formed. Cool it.
Transfer in a glass jar. Pour rest of the olive oil and toasted sesame seeds over it.
NOTE: It can be stored in refrigerator for 4-5 days.
For adding herbs, ground the herbs with garlic.
Olives & Capers could be added over the ready hummus and mix well.
Spoon a little extra virgin olive oil over the hummus during each serving which will add flavor and taste to it.
Use it as spread or a dip.