Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Hummus


Hummus is one of the most famous Middle Eastern dip that is well known all across the world now. Hummus in Arabic means Chickpeas. The dip made using chickpeas is also known as hummus.The unique flavour of the hummus comes from the tahini sauce that's simply toasted sesame seeds ground along with olive oil to get a thick smooth paste. It is mainly eaten with Pitta bread, Arabic bread or Khubz, with shawarma etc. It can also be used as dip for many steam cooked vegetables like carrot, as a healthy spread for bread etc. Below given is the basic recipe of hummus. Here, I have used dried peas, You can also substitute it with canned chickpeas and make the work even more easier. Season it with cumin powder, paprika powder etc if you like some variations to the basic hummus. This stays fresh in refrigerator for up to three days.
I normally make Hummus when I roast or grill chicken and have it with Qubz and any salad.

Ingredients:
1 cup dry Chick peas
6 garlic pods
2 tbs lime/lemon juice
2 1/2 tbs Tahini/Tahina (sesame seed paste)
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup water or Just enough water to grind the peas to a smooth thick paste

Preparation:
1. Wash and soak the peas for 6-8 hours or overnight.
2. Pressure cook peas along with water and garlic until peas are thoroughly cooked and is soft.
3. Grind it into smooth paste along with garlic and tahini sauce by adding enough water from the cooked peas or tap water.
4. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. Drizzle with olive oil while serving.

19 comments:

Pooja said...

Looks so delicious Shabs! Lovely presentation!

Nithya said...

Looks perfect and yummy. Was always wanting to try it out.. And sure your recipe will go to my list right away. :)

The pic looks too attractive.

Ann said...

Shabs,You excels..Oh My..The click and arrangement is more than professional yaa..Loved your hummus..terrific

Pavithra said...

Wow thats my fav shabs.. I always do and keep in fridge for making sandwiches too..

Shabs.. said...

Pooja, thx for ur lovely comments.

nithya, thx.it always turned out great..

Ann, U r so kind:)....u made my
day....i thought the pic was just ok....

pavithra,:)

Ria said...

Looks so delish! I'm waiting to get my bottle of tahini which I have ordered for! :)

Did get your mail! Thanks so much! I did reply back...maybe it's in ur junk! ;)

Bergamot said...

The hummus looks delicious. Tahini sauce is something that I am waiting to get my hands on too since I love Arabic food and I plan to prepare a complete meal some day...Hope it arrives soon :-)

Yasmeen said...

nice and creamy ,luv the presentation :D

vidhas said...

This is new to me, looks gorgeous. Can i put seasame seeds and grind.

Shabs.. said...

Ria, try it, u will love it...

Yasmeen thx for the compliments...
Bergamot, arabic is quite simple to make, tastes very different and yet yummy.

Vidhas, Thx for stopping by. U can get tahini sauce everywhere now. Try it with the sauce. Tahini sauce is made by grinding toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. But i have never made hummus by grinding sesame seeds.

Parita said...

Gorgeous presentation my dear! looks fabulous!

Shabs.. said...

parita, thx dear..

vidhas, Regarding the hummus recipe u asked me, I have always used readymade tahini paste and never attempted myself to make one. You can see some of the useful links on how to make tahini here:
http://www.ummah.net/family/recipes/tahini.html

http://www.recipezaar.com/Homemade-Tahini-73859

I think both the recipes in the site are same, but there are extra tips.Follow the instructions carefully and u might be able to make it. I might make this once my store bought one gets over...
Hope that helps:)

Smitha said...

Wonderful pics shabs. I like hummus. Had it when I visited my sis in Dubai. Liked it a lot with Kubbus.

Ann said...

Wow, what a wonderful presentation, I love hummus as a spread in my roti :P It looks so tempting and perfect. Awesome Pictures.

Urs....Jina said...

thanx for posting this..i never knew how to make it..and its one of my hubbies fave dish..will attempt it soon

meeso said...

What a tempting and beautiful picture! Looks soooo good!

shameela said...

looks really good!!

femi said...

dear shabs,thanks a lot for sharing this recipie with us

femi said...

thanks a lot Shabs for sharing this recipe with us

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