Hey Lovelies! How have you been doin’ all these days? Long time haan? While I’m busy gathering all my stuffs together, this freaking winter is hittin differently! Snoozing alarm and sleeping under the cozy blankets is the new normal now. phewwww!!

Anyway, apart from all these conversation, I am sharing one of the newest recipe in my FaS Blog today! ‘Hummus’ Yes, you heard it right. 

Sneak Peak into Middle Eastern Food.

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip, spread, or savory dish produced using cooked, pounded chickpeas mixed with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. The standard garnish in the Middle East includes olive oil, a couple of entire chickpeas, whole chickpeas, parsley, and paprika. In Middle Eastern cooking, it is typically eaten as a dip, with pita bread. In the West, it is presently delivered economically, and is often served as a snack or appetizer with crackers.

Moving on into a list of ingredients, it is very easy to find at local grocery stores or most probably in the kitchen.

 

INGREDIENTS

120 grams chickpeas

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons white sesame seeds.

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 

1 teaspoon cumin powder

salt as per taste.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Rinse ½ heaped cup dried chickpeas (120 grams) in water first and then soak in enough water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours.

2. Next day, rinse the chickpeas in water first a couple of times. Drain all the water and add the chickpeas in a 2 litres stovetop pressure cooker.

3. Add ½ teaspoon salt, 1 pinch of baking soda (optional) and 1.5 cups water.

4. Pressure cook on medium heat for 11 to 12 minutes.

5. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, remove the lid and check the chickpeas.

6. Mash them with a spoon or with your fingers. You should be able to mash them completely. They should have no rawness in them. You can even taste them and there should be no bite in them. They should melt in the mouth. 

7. If the chickpeas are not cooked properly, then add some more water and pressure cook for some more time. Drain all the water. Cover and keep aside.

Roasting Sesame Seeds

8. Heat a small pan. Keep heat to a low. Add 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds.

9. On a low heat stirring often roast sesame seeds. Roast till they become crisp and start crackling. No need to brown them. Keep aside and Let them cool.

10. In a food processor, mixer-grinder-blender or food chopper take the roasted sesame seeds. Powder it to fine or semi-fine texture.

11. Add 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin powder and salt as per taste. 

1 tablespoons lemon juice works fine for us. To increase the tang more, you can add overall 2 tablespoons lemon juice. So add as per your taste.

12. Add salt as per taste. Do note that the chickpeas will also have some salty taste in them as salt was used when cooking chickpeas. So add less salt first. Later you can add more salt if required.

13. Grind or blend to a fine or semi-fine consistency. Next add the cooked chickpeas.

14. Grind or blend till smooth and light. If you are unable to grind, then add 2 to 3 tablespoons water. 

Serving Hummus

15. Hummus is ready now and all you need is to scrape the jar and place it in a serving bowl or bowls. Make a round pattern with a spoon on the hummus.

Drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle paprika or red chilli powder or black pepper powder or any of your favorite spice powder. You can also sprinkle zatar. Garnish with a few chopped coriander leaves or parsley leaves.

Serve it with warm pita bread, falafel, laavash or with steamed or roasted veggies. The extra hummus can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Additional Notes

1. In place of olive oil, you can use neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil.

2. Instead of dried chickpeas, you can use 2 cups cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas in the recipe.

Have any favorite Middle Eastern dishes or food recipes you like to make? Do let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading! Wishing you a happy, healthy day ahead.