Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hummus

Yum
I simply love hummus, I can eat it with anything, pita bread, regular bread, chapati etc. I looked around in all the big gourmet food chains recently, but somehow none of them carried hummus. May be it does not sell well here or as it has a lower shelf life, they don't keep them. Anyway, I had this huge wish to eat hummus and pita bread, so I decided to make them both at home. Very simple recipe and you can vary it the way you like...

Hummus

Ingredients except Olive oil

Sesame paste I used instead of tahini


Enjoy with bread


Ingredients:

Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans /Kabuli chana - 1/2 cup (dried)
Olive oil - 2 tbsp.
Lime juice - 1-2 tbsp.
Garlic - 1-2 cloves (Optional)
Dried red chilli flakes / Red chilli powder - 1 tsp (Optional)
Tahini / Sesame / Til paste - 1 tbsp (Optional)
Salt

Method:

Soak the chickpeas for 7-8 hours.
Boil them in a pressure cooker with 1 tsp of salt until cooked. (Appx 15-20 mins)
Blend together the cooked chickpeas, 1 tbsp. Olive oil, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 garlic, 1 tsp red chilli flakes, Sesame paste and salt. I used homemade sesame paste instead of tahini that is traditionally used. You can skip this if required. It does not alter the taste.
Add the remaining ingredients if required as per taste.
Blend into a fine paste. I added around 1tbsp of water to achieve a thinner consistency. Generally water is not used, more lime juice or olive oil is used.

You can vary it by putting cumin instead of garlic also. Roasted red pepper also is a nice addition.

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