I am sure you have this one thing, that you could easily eat at every single meal, every day. I actually have a couple of foods, that go me addicted. One of them is without doubt creamy and delicious Hummus. A highly versatile and easy peasy to prepare food, Hummus can be a side, a spread, dip or the base of a meal.
Gimme a loaf of fresh bread and a pot of hummus and I am happy!
If you haven´t been introduced to the art of making Hummus yet, let me tell you how simple it is to prepare a big yummy bowl of this chickpea and tahini love story.
But first, I want to give you a little background story!
Traditionally, hummus is served on a large plate, usually drizzled with olive oil and herbs and accompanied by fresh pita, tomato, onion, cucumber salad and maybe some falafel.
The History of Hummus
Hummus has a rich tradition- some even refer to it as an “ancient” food that has a history of being consumed by important historical figures in the Middle East. According to ancient scriptures, hummus- at least as we know it today- was first consumed in Egypt around the 13th Century, although the recipe used at this time differed from today’s because it omitted tahini and used other nuts instead.
Today hummus still plays a major part in the diet of many healthy populations living around the world, mainly in the Middle East.
Hummus Is Crazy Healthy
Low in saturated fat and high in fiber and protein, hummus also offers complex carbohydrates to make you feel satisfied and full. Other than mayonnaise or ranch dip, Hummus does not only taste good, but is also crazy healthy.
You will be enchanted by this recipe, because Hummus is:
- high in protein
- and loved by all
And this is how you do it!
Basic Hummus Recipe
This is what you need:
2 cups cooked chickpeas
3 tbsp tahin
1/3 cups olive oil
a garlic glove, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper
And that is how you do it:
- Give all the ingredients into your blender and process them until you reach a creamy result.
- Should there not be enough liquid, add tahin, olive oil or water.
- Give the hummus into a deep dish or bowl and top it with more chickpeas and olive oil.
- And just like that you prepared the creamiest hummus! This is by the way a traditional Israelian dish and tastes best with fresh bread! Bon Appetit
There Is More Than One Way to Prepare Hummus
While the basis of this tangy, nutrient-packed dish remains the same — chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon juice and garlic — hummus offers nuances depending where you are and who is making it. Try adding cumin, fresh cilantro, pepper, dried tomato, olives or veggies. There are no boundaries for your imagination!
Hummus Is Not Only For Pita
Try it smeared onto your sandwich, baked on fish, or made into a flavorful dip to perk up vegetables, chips or pretzels. The bright lemon finish helps cut fats and works well with seafood, and because of its creamy texture, you can substitute this as a dip or spread just about anywhere. Remember, it even goes well with meat.
Have fun blending! I am sure you will soon get hooked on Hummus, too!
For more inspiration, check out these delicious recipes I created for 3dots.fitness under the BBQ theme! – Because Hummus is always a great idea!