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International Hummus Day

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Soak raw chickpeas overnight. Boil for 3 minutes. This is the best way to prepare the basic ingredient of hummus. It makes the hummus smoother, healthier and tastier!

What is hummus?

It is traditionally eaten as a dip in Middle Eastern cuisine. Crackers or pita breads are served with it. But it is also delicious as a vegetable dip – or even with fruit, like apples – as a sauce for salad or wraps, or simply on a slice of bread.

Three ingredients are a must: chickpeas – freshly soaked or canned. Tahini – ground sesame seeds-,olive oil and salt, of course!

Then, creativity is allowed: avocado, wild garlic, red pepper, aubergine, any nuts?

Tips:

Good refinements come from a little lemon or lime juice, cumin, paprika powder or pine nuts. Just taste and try!

If you add garlic and don’t want to stink, you can roast its pealed cloves on a little bit of oil in the oven. The taste will be different, but good!

Image Credit: Unsplash/Nicholas Barbaros

Basic recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups chickpeas (400g) – soaked and 3mins cooked or rinsed from the can
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup sesame seed paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tbsp lemon/lime juice or 1.5 tbsp sweet pepper or 1 tbsp cumin

Instructions:

Blend it all smooth.

Image Credit: Pixabay/Zozz

Avocado hummus

  • 2 ¼ cups chickpeas
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp sesame seed paste
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • 1 tsp sweet pepper (optional)
  • a bit chili powder
  • a bit black pepper
Image Credit: Unsplash/Zineb Sakhaoui

Wild garlic hummus

  • 2 ¼ cups chickpeas
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150g leaves of wild garlic
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon/lime
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 dried chilies, optional
Image Credit: Pixabay/Ajale

Eggplant hummus

  • 2 ¼ cups chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp sesame seed paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 eggplant
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, some zest
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 30g pasley (ca.)
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • a bit black pepper
Image Credit: Unsplash/Mariana Medvedeva

Walnut hummus

  • 2 ¼ cups chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cups walnuts (60g)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp walnut oil – otherwise more olive oil
  • 25g chives/parsley/mint/coriander or a mixture
  • a bit black pepper

Happy international hummus day.

Feature image credit: Unsplash/ monika-grabkowska

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