Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hummus - My Way!


Hummus - one very famous Middle Eastern specialty dip. It’s also spelled as humous, humus, houmos etc. The basic ingredients are cooked chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Tahini or sesame paste is also added to the dip. Chopped parsley, cilantro, olives, jalapenos, caramelized onions, whole chickpeas, olive oil, boiled eggs, paprika, tomato and cucumber are some popular garnishes to the dip. Hummus is served as an appetizer or as a dip along with pita bread or as part of a meze or as an accompaniment to falafel (patties made of ground chickpeas or fava beans). It’s also served with crackers or tortilla chips in other parts of the world. – Source, Wikipedia.

I must confess, I am not much of an adventurous eater and hardly venture out of my comfort zone. Put the world cuisine before me and I am most likely to stick to just a few familiar ones I love to eat over and over again. Not very surprisingly, I never asked for my first taste of this lovely dip. But when I did taste it, I was surprised I actually liked it! I loved the creamy consistency, the flavor of olive oil and garlic in it. Discovered it’s quite easy to make at home and pretty versatile too, so had to try my hand at making this versatile dip.





Doesn't the above image remind you of Arabian Nights? I loved my new acquisition...its going to star in more of my pictures:-)

Here is how I made the dip. Recipe adapted from various sources. Apart from the basic ingredients, most of the other ingredients can be changed to suit personal taste and preference. So please do go by your taste.

The below quantities, I realized, makes quite a lot of Hummus, say approximately 3 cups.
Hummus (Without tahini)

Ingredients:
Chickpeas: 1 cup, soaked overnight.
Olive oil – ¼ to ½ cup
Yogurt – ½ cup
Roasted garlic – 5-6 large pods
Red Chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon (You can add much more, if you like the dip tart or can balance with enough chilli or pepper powder)
Salt to taste

Procedure: Cook the chick peas till very soft in a pressure cooker. I like to add a pinch of cooking soda to the peas when I cook them. Drain and cool the peas completely. Reserve some for garnish if using.

Grind the chickpeas, roasted garlic, salt and ¼ cup of yogurt in a food processor or a mixie jar. Run for a minute. Add ¼ cup of olive oil, chilli powder. Process till smooth.. You could add more oil if needed. (Makes it more tastier of course!)Transfer the dip from the food processor. Add the lemon juice. Check and adjust seasoning. Add the chopped parsley and mix well. Add garnish of your choice.



Now isn't that real easy? Of course canned chickpeas or boiled frozen ones can make this even more of a breeze. We ate the dip with some home-made crackers.

Next to try, hummus with tahini...

19 comments:

Suman Singh said...

Goregeous looking hummus! Loved the top drizzled with olive oil..mmm..yumm!

Priya said...

Prefect looking hummus,sooo yummy..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hummus looks divine! Now I need some crackers to dunk into it!

Sushma Mallya said...

looks so nice ..I love hummus dip :)

divya said...

looks yummy and lovely attractive presentation.

Pavithra said...

This is handy spread anytime..looks absolutely yumm yumm suma..love ur way :)

Sum said...

Lovely looking Hummus, Suma....
Have you used the usual chickpeas or the Kabuli variety? the color looks very light, so had a doubt...

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Love this preparation method..

Prathibha said...

One of my most favorite spreads/dip..looks just wonderful

Reshmi said...

it looks like a spreaded cheese...but the outlook z beautiful...loved to make this..

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks so creamy and yumm..am going to try this..

Nachiketa said...

Super yummy.... :)

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Krithi's Kitchen said...

This is one yummy dish..

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Smita said...

Love this... my favorite amongst mediterranean dishes..

Priya Sreeram said...

the hummus look rvishingly good !

Bharathy said...

I had been silently visiting your space iin the morning searching for divyas mudcake recipe and drooled over this yummy looking hummus in the home page ;).You are right with that arabian glass container.Love him :) and hope to see him paired up with more arabian delights soon :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Can I come over to have chips with that hummus? :)

cookcurrynook said...

That's a nice-looking hummus you got there. And that's a handsome looking jar from the Arabian Nights as well. Too good an acquisition, esp for a food blogger! Im sure you'll put it to good use :)

Divya Shankar said...

Suma, I need a favor from you. I have a bottle of Tahini at home which my husband got from Israel. He's become a big fan and hummus, I have tasted it only once.
Can you please share me the recipe of hummus with Tahini in it ? How do we have to modify your above recipe if we have Tahini ?