Hummus

  • A beige hued spread mostly used as a dip for vegetables and pitas. It is mostly served in middle eastern cuisine. This nutritious and tangy dip is traditionally served with olive oil, herbs, pita, tomato, cucumber salad, falafel and onion. It is made with sesame paste, lemon juice, garlic and chickpeas. Hummus is popular all over the world the ingredients can be altered by putting meat.

Things you might not know about Hummus:

But There Isn’t A Big Difference In The Recipe

You can find hummus all over the world, but each hummus recipe has something different, but nothing too different. It just comes to the amount of ingredients. Altering tahini, sesame paste and cumin can change the taste of hummus instantly. Turkish style hummus uses olive oil instead of butter. Adding hot pepper and yogurt can also be added for flavor.

World Wide Hummus

Hummus isn’t concentrated in Israel alone. It can be found in Egypt, Greece, Palestien, Middle eastern countries and Mediterranean countries too. There are arguments which country possesses the best Hummus recipe, but that is still unclear. The origin of hummus is unknown, but it is most likely from chickpea rich countries like Greece and UAE.

Wars Are Fought Over Hummus

It’s not uncommon for people to fight over food, but according to restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi wars have been started because of hummus. People in Isreal argue about who has the best hummus or who has the best hummus restaurant. Not only people in Isreal but also Jewish men argue about this healthy spread.

Healthy Hummus

Hummus is crazy healthy! It is low in fat and is high in protein and fiber. Hummus can also keep you fuller longer. Hummus is a great healthy substitute for mayonnaise, ranch dressing and liver spread

Hummus Is Not Only For Pita

Hummus isn’t only for dips and pitas, it can be used in baked fish, sandwiches, pretzels and vegetables. The citrus finish of the hummus works well with seafood and its texture is great for dips. Hummus can also work well with pork and beef.

Hummus As an Aphrodisiac.

I know Hummus doesn’t sound much of an aphrodisiac, but this healthy dip is packed with magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron.  These are known to aid boost sexual function and energy. If planning a meal with your love one try eating hummus and see a difference in the bedroom.

Craving hummus? Here is  a Basic recipe of this yummy Dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 6 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons light tahini paste
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ cups dried chickpeas
  • 6 ½ tablespoons ice-cold water

Directions

  • Soak the chickpeas in cold water twice, make sure it’s fully emerged in water then cover.
  • Drain the chickpeas, then cook in a heated saucepan with baking soda. Stir for 3 minutes, then add water to boil. Remove foam build up.
  • Chickpeas should be done in around 20to 40 minutes. Chickpeas should be soft and tender but not mushy.
  • Drain the chickpeas and place in the food processor until it turns into paste. Add lemon juice, tahini paste, half a teaspoon salt and garlic to the processors. Add iced water to the processor to make a creamy and smooth paste. Then transfer to a bowl covered it in plastic wrap. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with fresh pita breads then serve.
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