Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hummus-Hummus with Tahini Recipe-How to make Hummus

Hummus is a Levantine food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. It is popular throughout the Middle East, North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. Hummus is an Arabic word meaning chickpeas and the complete name of the prepared spread in Arabic is ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna, which means "chickpeas with tahini"-Wikipedia. It is pronounced as HUMM-us and even  HUMM-OOS.

Health benefits of Hummus

Hummus is a good source of fiber which helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system. It can help lower your cholesterol. It is high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas (known as garbanzo beans) which is  a good source of protein, dietary fiber and animo acids. Olive oil which is another ingredient in hummus is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Tahini which is prepared with sesame seeds is an excellent source of the amino acid, essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6.

Hummus Uses

Hummus makes a great dip for pita bread, vegetables, whole grain crackers, and can be used as a sandwich spread or as a salad dressing. Hummus which is loaded with so many health benefits is very easy to make at home.


Ingredients needed for preparing hummus at home

Ingredients for preparing hummus-how to prepare hummus

Hummus-Hummus with Tahini Recipe


 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins
 Serves: 4-5
 Recipe Category
 Recipe CuisineInternational-Middle East

   Ingredients needed

   For Tahini Paste

   White Sesame seeds - 1 cup
   Extra virgin olive oil -1/4 cup

   For Hummus

   Garbanzo Beans-Chick Peas - 1/2 cup dried
   Tahini paste - 2 tbsp
   Extra virgin Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
   Fresh Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
   Garlic -2 cloves
   Salt to taste

   For Garnishing

   Extra Virgin Olive Oil as needed
   Paprika or chilli powder
   Fresh Cilantro or parsley - 1 tbsp chopped

Preparation for Tahini 

Dry roast sesame seeds on medium heat until light brown. Cool and blend it with olive oil to a smooth paste. Our tahini paste is ready. Very simple isn't it! You can store this paste in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.

Preparation for hummus

Wash and soak chickpeas overnight or for 10 hours. Pressure cook with needed water until soft. Strain and reserve the cooking liquid from the chick peas.


Keep all the ingredients ready for making hummus including tahini paste.

First blend the cooked chick peas, then add tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and blend to a smooth paste. Add needed reserved cooking liquid, little at a time and blend to a smooth paste. Consistency can be adjusted as per your liking.

Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with more olive oil. Sprinkle paprika before serving. Enjoy this delicious Middle Eastern dip with pita bread, vegetables, whole grain cracker. With bread it make a complete protein packed meal.

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