White Chickpea Hummus is an appetizing and healthy party dip or spread that can be easily made at home using basic ingredients from the pantry.
Origin of Hummus:
Hummus is indeed a very popular dip that is originated from the Middle Eastern regions. It is served as one of their staples and easily available in all the grocery stores. Most of the people eat their hummus with pita bread, lavash or use as a spread on sandwiches.
Popularity of Hummus:
With the immigrants travelling to the west in 1900’s, what they brought along with them was these valuable and precious recipes like Hummus and Pita, Falafel, kebabs, baklawas to name a few. Their recipes were healthy, nutritious and used a lot of pulses, vegetables, olive oil and were filling and tasty as well. Slowly, few of their dishes especially Hummus was adapted, liked, and preferred by so many people that it became very famous. And with the hype and the increase in food media Hummus was included as the part of the Restaurant menu almost all over the world. In India also it is very easy to find it in the menu in mostly all high end restaurants.
Important points for preparing Hummus at home:
- Soak the chickpeas also known as white Chana in India the previous night in hot water for at least 6-7 hours.
- Boil the chickpeas in pressure pan or cooker on a medium to low flame till 5 whistles. Add salt as per your taste in the chickpeas while boiling it.
- Let the pressure pan cool for 20 minutes till all the heat evaporates. Open the whistle and drain all the excess water and keep it separately.
- Mince 8-10 garlic pods and leave it aside. Note that Garlic is very essential in this recipe as it enhances the taste of Hummus.
- Olive Oil is another ingredient without which you cannot make Hummus. Always use Extra virgin olive oil for best taste.
- Tahini paste is an ingredient that goes in the hummus, however I use sesame seeds as it is readily available at home.
- Lemon or lime juice in hummus give a nice freshness and also it helps to last it longer in the refrigerator.
Variants of Hummus:
Hummus gained so much popularity in the last decade that its made by everyone at home. Most of us have started experimenting with different versions and flavors of Hummus at home. Mostly because it one such dip that is high on proteins and nutritious as well. Mix it with different vegetables and you will create a new variant of Hummus. I have created it with Pumpkin, beetroot, sweet potato, tomatoes. spinach and the list will go on as and when I try something new. However, my 2 most favorites are beetroot hummus and roasted pumpkin hummus. The link of the recipes are shared below incase you are planning to make it at home.
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Hummus tastes best when served with pita bread, lavash, garlic toasts or with vegetable crudités. It has a shelf life of 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Store it in a glass jar with a lid for retaining its freshness. Once you make Hummus at home, you will surely forget to buy it from the store as it is more customizable and cost effective. I hope you all will try this recipe at home and serve it to your family.
My kids love Hummus with crackers and lavash. I make this very often. Most of the times a jar of Hummus is always available in my refrigerator for that evening binge or a midnight snack.
Boil water for a minute and soak white Chickpeas in the water for 5-6 hours or you can even soak it overnight.
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