Hummus is a typical Arabic food item prepared by combining mashed chickpeas with other ingredients such as Tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Its popularity is not just confined to the Arab world; it is liked and consumed in many other parts of the world. Before going deep into the recipe, it is good to analyze some of the benefits of this unique and special food item.
Hummus, beyond a shadow of doubt, is a salubrious food item since it has an abundant supply of essential nutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron and the like. Chickpeas, the key ingredient of this dish, have a high content of protein and dietary fibers which aids in maintaining your health. Another ingredient – Tahini – is equally advantageous since it contains a rich supply of methionine. It is a well-known fact that methionine promotes the proper functioning of the cells and prevents liver damage to a certain extent. When it comes to olive oil, it helps to keep the cholesterol under control since it consists of mono unsaturated fats, otherwise called healthy fat. Finally, lemon and garlic have the reputation of being the most effective antioxidants that keep the oxidative stress to the bare minimum. They play home to omega 3 fatty acids that can contribute significantly to the better functioning of your brain and heart.
Chickpeas 1 can (15-ounces)
Lemon juice ¼ cup
Tahini ¼ cup
Large garlic clove ½
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Kosher salt ½ – 1 tsp
Ground cumin ½ tsp
Water 2– 3 tbsp
Ground paprika as per the need
Begin the process by processing the combination of Tahini and lemon juice in a bowl for 1 minute. Then, slowly scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and process it again for another 30 seconds. Then, add the garlic, cumin and salt to the Tahini-lemon mixture and process it again for 30 seconds. After that, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and repeat the process for another 30 seconds. When it is properly processed, take the can of chickpeas and squeeze the liquid out of them. Sluice them with water. Take half of the chickpeas and process them well for 1 minute. After scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl, introduce the other half and process for the minimum of 1-2 minutes until you get a smooth mixture. You may have tiny pieces of not properly ground chickpeas. In order to get rid of these, gradually add 2-3 tablespoons of water until it acquires a smooth consistency. Shift the hummus to a bowl. Slightly moisten the top portion using 1 tablespoon of olive oil and disperse paprika all over the top in an even layer.
Hummus is a perfect partner to other items such as flatbread especially pita. It also tastes good when served along with another typical Arabic item known as falafel. It also goes hand in hand with the foods like grilled chicken, fish or eggplant. In fact, it enhances the taste of these items.
It would be a great loss if you fail to try it at least once in your lifetime simply because of the fact that you will not find anything that is as tasty as this mesmerizing Arabic dish.
Author bio: Teresa Jens is a busy mom, a blogger and a freelance writer. She left the corporate world in 2010 to focus more on a more on her family. She loves preparing all kinds of healthy meals for her two kids. This is her take on Femina’s easy hummus recipe (also known by the Danes as hummus opskrift fra Femina).