Hummus is one food that I loved when I first tasted it. It’s a common dish in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Hummus is Arabic for chickpea which is the main ingredient along with lemon, garlic and tahini (sesame paste). It has a rich taste and is full of protein, iron and Vitamin C and it can be eaten with shredded raw vegetables as a dip and it also goes well with pita bread and tortilla.
I normally cook my own beans and peas but chickpeas are an exception; raw chickpeas are expensive here so I buy the cans to save time and energy. Hummus is one of the oldest foods and dates back to the 13th century when it first appeared in a cook book in Egypt. Isn’t it amazing to think that after all these years people are still eating it? ;-)
Health Index: 5/5 (everyday food, highly recommended)
Kitchen Gadgets: Food Processor
1 can of chickpeas, about 400g
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini or natural sesame paste
2 cloves of garlic
pinch of sea salt
parsley and paprika to sprinkle
1. Rinse the canned chickpeas well then drain.
2. Put everything into the food processor and process until smooth.
3. Garnish with parsley and paprika. Serve!
If you don’t have a food processor you can use a potato masher or even a fork although it would take a bit more time and effort. :P