Hummus is the arabic word for Chickpeas, or Garbanzo beans. Hummus is traditionally eaten in all parts of the Arab world, and each region makes it a little differently. This is the Lebanese style hummus that we grew up eating, usually with pita bread. Have you ever had a hummus sandwhich? Cause if you haven’t you are missing out – big time. Hummus was definitely not popular as we were growing up, but now you find people eating hummus with everything, and you find it everywhere! You could pretty much walk into any grocery store and buy some hummus, but it probably won’t be as good as this recipe. Actually we’re confident it won’t, because nothing beats home made. Also, packaged hummus doesn’t taste anything like the hummus we know.
If you’re not convinced of the awesomeness that is Hummus, maybe this article can convince you. Heba outlines 10 reasons why you should eat chickpeas 🙂
- 2 cups chickpeas – cooked or canned (liquid reserved)
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 2 cloves garlic – peeled
- 2 tbsp Tahini
- salt to taste
- olive oil – for drizzling
- paprika- for garnish
- Put chickpeas in a deep bowl (if using immersion blender), or food processor and add lemon juice, garlic, tahini and blend; add salt to taste.
- Slowly add reserved liquid until hummus reaches smooth paste; taste and adjust flavour to preferance. You may find you like it with more lemon or garlic.
- Blend one last time, and then you’re ready to plate and serve.
- Serve drizzled with olive oil with warm pita bread on the side.
Traditional Hummus Dish, with Paprika dusted over top and some Olive Oil
– You can make this in a food processor if you do not have an immersion blender. Follow the same steps, first pulsing the chickpeas, lemon and garlic and then adding the rest of the ingredients and blending until smooth.
– You can never go wrong with more garlic, so go ahead an add another clove if you want to.
Here are two variations that are sure to please the eyes, and the taste buds 🙂
Calculated using this recipe for two servings. In order to know the total for the entire recipe, or smaller servings just add or divide these numbers as needed. Olive oil is 40 calories a teaspoon, and can add a great flavor to the finished hummus dish 🙂
What other Hummus variations do you enjoy?
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