Easy Hummus recipe | Arabic chickpea dip

Hummus has very beautiful memories in my life. It was not something I had eaten before coming here to Qatar but became my instant favourite in Arabic cuisine along with falafel wraps. In fact during both my pregnancies, I used to get such strong cravings for hummus that I used to cry till I got it and poor hubby had to bear all my pregnancy hormonal tantrums πŸ˜….

But when it finally arrived, I used to literally lick it clean. I did not even need any bread with it. Just me, my fingers and creamy hummus. Ah those pregnancy times! 😍

Now since many months, we have not ate out nor ordered in. So I learnt to make hummus and it’s so easy that now I wonder why we used to buy it from outside. Also tastes so delicious as you can alter according to your taste. Hope you all try and love it too.

One note though. Hummus is not for everyone’s tastebuds. My dad did not like it when he came here and we made him taste the storebought one. So if you are making for first time, make in less quantity and see if you like it. Then you can make more. This note is to save myself from your curses in case you don’t like it πŸ˜‚.

Happy and healthy cooking!!

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

2 Cups dry white Chickpeas/ Kabuli Chana

2 Tbsp white sesame seeds/ Til

4 cloves of Garlic

1 tsp Red chilli powder

Salt to taste

1 Tbsp Lemon juice

1 Tbsp Olive oil

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak the dry chickpeas overnight or for atleast 6 hours in sufficient water.

2. Drain the soaked water and Pressure cook the chickpeas in enough water to soak it till it turns soft.

Note: It usually takes about 5 whistles in my electric cooking top on high flame.

3. Now dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan on medium flame till it turns light brown. Cool and powder in the mixer.

4. Add drained chickpeas ( save the water), garlic and salt.

5. Now add required amount of cooked chickpeas water and grind into a smooth paste.

6. Add red chilli powder, olive oil and lemon juice and grind again to a smooth paste. I also added little salt as I felt it was less.

7. Garnish with cooked chickpeas and coriander leaves or parsley leaves (optional) and drizzle olive oil again. Serve fresh or chilled.

Notes:

* Make sure the chickpeas is cooked till soft so as to make a creamy hummus.

* Use food processor if you have to grind. Does the job quicker than in mixer.

* If you have storebought tahini (sesame seeds paste), then skip adding sesame seeds. I add because I don’t have tahini.

* Red chilli powder, garlic, lemon juice, salt are to taste and you can make changes as per your taste.

* If you don’t eat garlic, you can skip but garlic gives the authentic flavour to hummus.

* Leftovers can be refrigerated and used when needed.

* I used to serve hummus with kuboos ( Arabic bread) but since lockdown, I bake my own bread and this Semolina Bread is very good with hummus.

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