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Friday, 26 February 2016

Hummus Recipe


Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans as we all know are rich in protein and fiber content. They contain several key vitamins and minerals known to benefit human health. Apart from its health benefits , they are so versatile, that they have secured a permanent position in our Kitchen pantries.

In our India , there are countless recipes with this humble ingredient. For those who are looking for something different yet delicious with Kabuli Chana ( Chickpeas) , Hummus is a dish to try out for sure.

Hummus is a very popular dip from Middle Eastern Cuisine. A traditional Hummus is made from cooked, mashed Chickpeas and blended with Tahini ( Sesame seed paste) , garlic, olive oil and some seasoning. It is often served with Pita bread.


 Hummus can be easily made at home and can be served as an appetizer, or a spread on sandwiches , a delicious dip which can be had with Breadstick , crackers , toast or Pita bread. It can also be had as it is with some salad. I have made it using Tahini. ( If you do not have it , you can still make this dip using 3-4 tbsp of roasted sesame seeds and 2-3 tbsp olive oil apart from other ingredients in this recipe.) I have also added red chili powder and roasted cumin powder in this recipe. You may omit it or add black pepper powder instead , as per the taste which suits your taste buds.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans / white Kabuli Chana
  • 5-6 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Tahini ( click the highlighted word for the recipe)
  • 1 tsp of red Chili powder
  • 1 tsp of roasted Cumin powder( optional)
  • 2 tbsp of Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste.
  • Fresh Coriander leaves or few cooked chickpeas to garnish.
Method:
  1. Soak the Chickpeas overnight. Wash , drain and cook them with enough water in a pressure cooker until soft.



   2. In a blender , add the drained cooked Chickpeas with garlic cloves, red chili powder, cumin powder and salt .  Grind them to get a coarse paste. 


  3. Now add Tahini , lemon juice and olive oil and pulse again to get a paste. i have kept the dip little coarse. You may add little more water and grind to obtain a thin and smooth paste. 



  4.  Remove the Hummus in a serving plate . garnish with coriander leaves or cooked chickpea . Drizzle some Olive oil if you like and serve as a dip with salad or Breadstick or Pita bread or just like that and enjoy !!


  I hope you will give this easy recipe a try. Would love to hear from your. You can give your valuable feed back in the comment section under this post.


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