Monday, September 24, 2012

Hummus - Mediterranean Dip

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Mediterranean cuisine comprises of food from 21 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea such as Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Levant (Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria), and various other countries adjacent to the Mediterranean sea. 

So many countries and so much variety isn't it :) One of the first few dishes I tried from the Mediterranean cuisine was this humble dip called Hummus. Its is simple to make and simply delicious to eat. It goes great with freshly made pita breads. 

My attempt of pita bread dint work great this time hence I simply bought a pack of French brown bread and enjoyed my hummus :)  

I'm sure you would get tempted to try it out too after you go through the simple ingredients list :)

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Recipe adapted from My Jhola

Ingredients:

Chickpeas (Channa) - 1 cup
Sesame seeds - 1 tblsp
Sesame oil - 1/2 tblsp
Garlic - 4 pods
Lemon juice - 1 tblsp
Olive oil - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Cumin seed powder and chili powder to sprinkle on top

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Method:

Soak chickpeas in water over night. 

Cook the soaked chickpeas until tender. 

Dry roast the sesame seeds until light brown. Allow it to come to room temperature. 

Now grind chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt together into a smooth paste. 

Hummus is ready to serve. 

Collect the hummus in a large serving bowl, make a well in the center and add olive oil liberally and sprinkle cumin seed powder and chilly powder. Serve with hot pita bread or any bread of your choice and enjoy :)

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Tips:

If you have ready made tahini you can simply skip using sesame seeds and sesame oil and replace it with 2 tblsp of tahini to make your hummus. 

You can store hummus in an air tight container for about 10 days if kept in the fridge. 

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Written by: Nithya
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13 comments:

Marsita yahya said...

great for appertizer..
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Priya said...

Love this dip with some tortilla chips.

divya said...

wow...im droooling here!!looks amazing!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Not a big fan of hummus...but ur version sounds and looks yummy

Az said...

Looks delicious and creamy!!!

spusht said...

I love how fuss-free making Hummus is. Once I had excess pressure-cooked chickpeas left after cooking Chhole, so I made Hummus with the rest.
Once I didn't have sesame oil or tahini, so just used my usual stored roasted sesame powder instead and made Hummus.
I love it :D

Rohini said...

Looks so inviting Nithi!! Never tried anything from that cuisine so far! Shame on a food blogger isnt it??!! ;) Will break the ice soon :)

Hey btw, my blog is now alive n kicking! :)

dishesfrommykitchen said...

This is our all time favorite. Looks yumm Nithi:) I make different flavors in Hummus. Here are few take a look

http://www.dishesfrommykitchen.com/2009/09/pita-chips-and-hummus-dips3-flavours.html

An Open Book said...

this a fav breakfast item of ours..hummus and bread..we use it as a spread in almost everything :)

Veena Theagarajan said...

Yummy and smooth.. Nothing can beat it
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runnergirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com said...

My absolute favourite..

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

that looks soooooooooooo good!!!! love the bread too!!!

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anu said...

Am a regular follower of your website. Gr8 photo perfect it is. Can you share the recipe of the bread too?
Thanks

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