Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made from cooked chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, cumin powder, olive oil, and garlic and garnish with olive oil, a few whole cooked chickpeas, parsley, and paprika. Hummus is usually eaten as a dip with pita bread and often served as a snack or appetizer with crackers.
- 1 cup of white chickpeas.
- Salt to taste.
- Water as required.
- 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil.
- 3-4 garlic cloves roughly chopped.
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder.
- 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
- 3 tablespoons of white sesame seeds or 2 tablespoons of tahini.
- Red chilli powder or paprika as required.
Note: You may increase or decrease the quantity of ingredients depending on your taste and for how many people you are making for.
Boiling of White Chickpeas:
- Wash the chickpeas well and soak them in enough water overnight or at least 7-8 hours.
- Take a pressure cooker and add soaked chickpeas and water as required to boil the chickpeas.
- Put on the lid and pressure cook the chickpeas on a medium flame for 8-10 whistles or until chickpeas are well cooked and soft.
- Turn off the flame and let the pressure cooker to release the pressure itself.
- Once cooker releases all the pressure, remove the lid and drain out all the water from the chickpeas and keep the boiled chickpeas for later use.
Roasting of Sesame Seeds:
- Take a pan and heat on a low to medium heat.
- Add sesame seeds and roast them on a low flame until they are crisp and started crackling, do not brown them.
- Turn off the flame and transfer the roasted sesame seeds to a plate and let it cool down.
Method of Making Hummus:
- Take a grinder jar and add in the roasted sesame seeds and powder it to a fine powder.
- Add lemon juice, 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil, roasted cumin powder, salt to taste and chopped garlic and grind them into a fine paste.
- Add cooked chickpeas and grind until its smooth and light, if required add little water while grinding and grind them into a smooth paste.
- Now the hummus is ready.
- Scrape the jar and place the hummus into a serving bowl, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle some red chilli powder or paprika as required, and add freshly chopped parsley.
- Serve this hummus with pita bread, crackers, or with steamed and roasted vegetables.
- You can store this hummus in the fridge in an airtight container up to a week.
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