Planning to organize a get-together at your home this weekend? Want some cool and healthy party snack ideas? Ever tried making Hummus at home? That’s right… that’s precisely what we said – at home!
It’s time to switch from store-bought hummus to delicious homemade hummus. Why – you ask? It’s easy to make and universally loved healthy dish that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes.
Hummus is a healthy spread made from chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), and lemon – commonly consumed in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. It can make up as an incredibly good dip or a cold side dish. You can stuff it in your pita with falafels or scoop it up with some gourmet chips.
The real trick to get that perfectly creamy & consistent hummus is to simmer the chickpeas for about 1-1 ½ minutes with baking soda.
Let’s skip to the good part, and let’s get that apron on!
Easy hummus recipe:
- A night before, place the chickpeas in a large bowl filled with cold water – at least twice the volume of chickpeas. Leave to soak overnight. Drain them the next day.
- Boil the chickpeas over high heat with some baking soda. Keep on stirring intermittently. The chickpeas need to cook for 1 – 1 ½ minutes, depending on the type and freshness, sometimes even longer. Cook them until they are tender and easily smashed between the fingers.
- Drain the chickpeas.
- For a creamy, airy hummus, the earthy tahini and the freshly squeezed zesty lemon juice that adds an extra edge go first in a blender. Process both the ingredients together for a minute.
- Add olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process all the ingredients till they blend well.
- If it is too thick with tiny bits of chickpeas, add a tablespoon or two of water until it is smooth.
- The homemade hummus can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days if not being used right away.
- Serve hummus with a drizzle of EVOO and dash of paprika or a generous sprinkle of zaatar/sumac and cilantro/parsley leaves.
Serve hummus with pita bread, lavash chips, assorted veggies like carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, olives, jalapeño, dill pickles, tomatoes, pickled onions, roasted pine nuts, or any veggies – raw or roasted of your choice.
- Hummus is nutritionally dense with fibres and plant-based protein. This can be helpful for pregnant or lactating mothers, elderly folks, children who need to increase their protein intake.
- Hummus is relatively low in sugar, and consuming high fibre food aid in better regulation of blood sugar levels.
- Consuming hummus makes a person’s appetite fuller, aiding to control excess hunger pangs. In addition, it promotes better digestive health as it feeds good gut bacteria.
- Chickpeas are known to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol), which may help reduce risk factors for heart disease. In addition, it’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free – benefiting people with specific food allergies.
More hummus flavours that you’ll love
Try adding a twist to the classic hummus with a burst of an interesting, unique blend of flavours. Here are some sweet, spicy fun variations to explore that can take hummus to another level!
Jazz up the protein-packed dish with a spicy kick of roasted red pepper, or try herbaceous hummus with parsley, cilantro & rosemary.
Indulge in the showstopper – a bright, dreamy pink beetroot hummus or whip some healthy deliciousness with avocado hummus.
Go wild with other varieties like edamame-pea hummus, pea, carrot hummus, pumpkin hummus, harissa hummus, chipotle hummus, or sweet potato hummus.
There’s nothing like the comfort of velvety homemade classic hummus, right? It’s a complete game-changer at the parties. So, try the recipe and let us know in the comment section about your experience. We’d love to hear from you.
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