The first time I had hummus was in Vienna on the Naschmarkt, I think. It is a great and very popular dish. Hummus originated from the Middle Eastern Countries but it is now enjoyed across the world.
You can have it was a savoury dip for raw veggies or spread it onto your bread (with avocado :) ) or just spoon it by itself. Of course it is convenient to simply buy the plastic packed hummus. But seriously it is so easy to make it yourself. It requires no cooking - only a food processor. I was super surprised how quick it is to make it at home.
I tell you, it tastes so much better than store bought hummus. You can adjust the proportions of your ingredients according to your taste. If you like strong flavour put some more lemon (zest) or spices or if you want your hummus to be more creamy add more of the liquids.
Hummus is vegan and rich in protein and has many healthy ingredients.
The chick peas are the main ingredient of your hummus which will give you vegetable protein, fiber and healthy carbs. I used dried chick peas and cooked them in a slow cooker. But of course, you can also just use the canned chicks.
Garlic and extra vergine olive oil not only give a nice taste but they are also super healthy. Raw garlic is anti-inflammatory and a pure antioxidant. It practically helps agains infections, cleans your bowles, helps losing weight and cures skin problems.
Cumin seeds are herbs that are found in Spanish or Mexican cuisine as well as in Eastern and Asian countries. In India hummus is used as herbal medicine to treat indigestion and stomach illnesses. Moreover, it contains anti-oxidants while being a good source for vitamins and minerals.
If you cannot find Tahini in any of your store just make it yourself. Roast sesame seed, grind them finely in a blender and add some sesame or olive oil to it. Done! Super easy and very good for you.
ALL YOU NEED:
- one cup or one can of chick peas, cooked
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- one tbsp tahini
- one tbsp cumin
- 1/4 cup extra vergine olive oil
- juice and zest of one lemon
- sea salt
- chives, chopped for topping
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT:
- Process the chickpeas roughly in your food processor.
- With the processor running, pour in a little bit of water to make the mixture more creamy.
- Add tahini, lemon juice and zest, minced garlic, sea salt, olive oil, cumin to the bowl and process.
- Add the olive oil and process again.
- Serve the hummus to a bowl, top with additional sesame seed, drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with freshly chopped chives.
- Dip it!