Hummus is a popular dip and spread that is made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It originated in the Middle East and has been enjoyed for centuries. Hummus is a staple in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines and has become increasingly popular in Western countries in recent years.
Why is hummus so popular?
One of the reasons for its popularity is its versatility. Hummus can be enjoyed as a dip with pita bread, crackers, or vegetables, as a spread on sandwiches or wraps, or even as a base for salad dressings or sauces. It’s a great way to add protein and fiber to your diet, and it’s also gluten-free and vegan.
Another reason for its popularity is its health benefits. Hummus is high in protein and fiber, making it a great option for vegetarians and vegans. It is also low in fat and calories, making it a great choice for those watching their weight.
Additionally, chickpeas, which are the main ingredient in hummus, are a great source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, folate, and manganese. And tahini, made from sesame seeds, is a good source of healthy fats and minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Should you use canned or dried chickpeas?
I always opt for dried chickpeas with my cooking, even though it is a bit more work than just going to the store and picking up a can of chickpeas. There’s plenty of information about why its safer to use non-canned beans, but ultimately this recipe just tastes better when made with dried chickpeas!
I soak my chickpeas overnight, and then I cook them on the stove for 1-2 hours. Like I said, it is a process. However, this way I’m not risking my life with an aluminum can and the finished product with dried chickpeas compared to canned chickpeas is 1000x better.
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Once the chickpeas are cooked though, the rest of the steps in this recipe is super simple. All you need are 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients to make a chickpea hummus that is significantly better than anything you’d ever buy at the store.
You can play around with the basic recipe by adding different ingredients to make different variations of hummus. Another delicious dip you should try is my Jalapeno Popper Dip!
Some popular variations include:
- Roasted red pepper hummus: add some roasted red pepper to the basic recipe for a sweet and smoky flavor.
- Spicy hummus: add some chili flakes or cayenne pepper for a little kick.
- Herbed hummus: add some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a fresh and flavorful twist.
- Black bean hummus: replace some or all of the chickpeas with black beans for a different texture and flavor.
Hummus is a delicious and healthy food that can be enjoyed in many different ways. It is easy to make at home and can be customized to your liking by adding different ingredients. Give this recipe a try and start enjoying the many benefits of hummus.
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Simple Chickpea Hummus Recipe
- 2 cups chickpeas cooked
- 2 lemons juiced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
- ½ tsp cumin
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- to taste salt and pepper
- In a blender or food processor, blend tahini, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and cumin to create a paste.
- Add chickpeas and blend until completely broken down.
- Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed .Add water until your desired consistency is reached.
- Taste for salt.
- Transfer to bowl and top with drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!
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