How to make great Hummus

Hummus is the word utilized for “chickpea” in Arabic.  In the English language, hummus is the title given to great-tasting dips that consist of chickpeas (mashed), tahini (very important ingredient), garlic, lemon juice and a pinch of garlic.  Hummus is utilized for making sandwiches, dips and for anyone trying to eat healthier, hummus can be utilized instead of rice when serving entrée’s.

Some people complain after preparing hummus that is appears dry and this is why when serving, drizzle some olive oil over the top, this helps in keeping the dish moist.  For a dramatic effect, extra virgin olive oil is highly recommended.  Toss some black olives on top and voila!

Where did hummus come from?

I wish there was a simple answer to this question however, there is not.  Hummus has been around forever and has taken on numerous forms.  I am sure the original recipe for hummus is floating around somewhere or perhaps it is hidden a wall somewhere.  The truth is no one knows the answer to this question.

Hummus is utilized throughout the entire Arab world which leads us to believe hummus was created somewhere in the Middle East.  If you look at international cuisines, hummus is primarily most popular in areas of the Mediterranean and even in places such as India.

I have southern roots in the United States and where I enjoy the basic recipe for hummus, no matter where it originated from, I enjoy adding a little kick of red pepper and roasted red bell peppers to my recipe.  This does not take away from the overall taste of basic hummus but if you like a little “spice”, you will find the ground red pepper and the red bell peppers makes the recipe unique and quite enjoyable to taste.

The following is a simple recipe for hummus that my family and I enjoy:

 

 

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (15oz)
  • Half-cup of roasted red bell peppers in a jar (drained)
  • Half-cup of tahini
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves (you can decrease this amount if you desire)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin is best)
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt (I use Kosher)
  • 1/3 cup of lime juice (bottled or fresh)
  • ¼ teaspoon of grounded red pepper

 

Garnish with parsley (optional)

 

Preparation

Using a food processor, place first the ingredients in the processor with the lime juice.  Process until smooth.  You will need to stop a couple of times during this process to scrape the sides.  This can prove a little annoying but trust me, the results is worth it.  If the hummus is appearing a little dry, feel free to add more lime juice but do not over-do it.  You do not want the lime overpowering the overall taste.

There are many ways to serve hummus such as pita sandwiches, in a bowl for dipping and even bagels for breakfast.  If you find that you and your family prefer the basic hummus recipe in comparison to the recipe I have provided with a “kick”, feel free to omit the red ground pepper and the red bell peppers.  Either way, this recipe is delicious.  Enjoy!

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