Have you ever tried this amazing food? Very light still healthy, this food is just perfect snack to go with a pitta bread or other sandwiches. The main ingredient of the dish is chick peas. After tasting this wonderful dish, you will be thankful to the nation who came up with the idea of creating this dish. By the way, it has a cultural background. Let’s discover the origin of the dish and find out where it comes from. The name of the dish itself called “hummus” has a meaning of a “chickpea” literally translated.
As we already know this is because of the chickpea present in the dish. As for the real origin of hummus there has always been a debate about it. There are quite many countries stating themselves as the place of origin for hummus, mainly Palestine, Egypt, Greece, and other Middle Eastern countries though not for sure.
One thing is clear – hummus has been in use for rather long period of time especially in Middle East and along the Mediterranean. According to the food experts hummus is one of the oldest foods it dates back to the 12th century. However, the earliest recipes found in Cairo date back to the 13th century. This is why the exact date and place is vague.
Chickpeas found in hummus were cultivated mainly in ancient Mediterranean and the Middle East and also in Mesopotamia. Even Plato and Socrates studied chickpeas for their nutritional value.
There are different ways to make hummus but it all is about the amount of seasonings – cumin and sesame paste. You can use butter instead of olive oil or even add Greek yogurt and hot pepper. Chickpeas are a thesaurus of proteins and vitamins thus they are very healthy. They are rich in iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium which are known to boost libido and physical energy.
The Ingredients we will use are :
- 200g pre-wetted and boiled chickpeas
- Abundant lemon juice
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
- little water
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 4 rounds of pitta bread to go with your hummus
How to make this magnificent dish?
Take the pre-wetted and boiled chickpeas. Chickpeas get boiled very hard as they are very dry that is why we pre-wet them in the water for a night and then boil. Keep some whole chick peas for serving.
Unite all the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahini, and water in a pot and mash them until you get a creamy purée.
Add the lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt. Place all the mass onto a big plate making it smooth with the back of a spoon. Pour some extra virgin olive oil. After, add some paprika and serve with either pita bread that you can warm in an oven for three minutes or chips or even Armenian lavash that is so famous all over the world. Since lavash also dates back to old times, this perfect dish goes just perfect on a piece of lavash. Alternatively, you can make the lavash crunchy by putting it into the oven for several minutes.
To decorate the hummus when serving you can place several whole chickpeas on top of the smooth mass and place a few branches of fresh greens like dill or parsley.
Why not organize a hummus eating party or ceremony at home, invite several friends and enjoy this dish? Believe me, it is worth trying.