For many, hummus is nothing more than a delicious dip for tortillas, carrots & co. But the oriental chickpea porridge is so much more than “just” a dip. In its Arabic homeland it is considered the national dish and is eaten there together with other mezze.
Mezze is the name given to many small meals or starters – comparable to tapas – which, served together, replace whole dishes. They are typical of the food scene in Israel, Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries, such as Baba Ghanoush (eggplant puree) or Taboule (bulgur/couscous salad). Mezze is a way of life, it is about the love and joy of food and the desire for healthy and natural food, which you eat together with your loved ones at the table.
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Hummus is also the best proof that good food need not be expensive or time-consuming. Simply place a bowl of (homemade!) hummus on the table and combine it with crispy flat bread, olives or vegetables of your choice.
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Don’t you just want to get into it? © etorres / Shutterstock.com
1. hummus is super healthy
Chickpeas form the basis of the oriental porridge – and that is a good thing: The legumes are not only delicious, but also incredibly healthy. Chick peas provide lots of fibre and complex carbohydrates that are very satisfying and provide our body with long-term energy. Ravenous appetite has no chance!
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Another plus: chickpeas are excellent protein suppliers and therefore a good source of protein, especially for vegans.
2. hummus is easy to make yourself
Hummus is now available as a finished product in almost every supermarket. Sure, it’s practical, but it’s not uncommon to find undesirable additives such as thickeners, flavours or hidden sugar in it. Such ingredients are certainly not found in the original basic recipe of hummus.
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It is therefore much easier and healthier to make the chickpea porridge yourself – because it is really child’s play, as we will show you below.
3. hummus as butter substitute and dip
Hummus is a real all-rounder in the kitchen and competes with classic spreads such as cream cheese and butter, as well as ready-made dips and delicatessen salads. Instead of smearing a high-fat egg salad with mayo or a high-calorie double cream cheese on your bread, next time you simply reach for DIY -chickpea porridge. The vegan dip is also ideal for vegetable sticks.
Hummus is ideal for dipping © Tukhfatullina-Anna / Shutterstock.com
4. you can also cook with hummus
Hummus is not only an ideal spread, but can also be easily integrated into numerous warm dishes. How about a delicious hummus and pasta sauce, for example?
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Simply sauté a few diced onions and vegetables of your choice (for example peppers, tomatoes or zucchini) in a little oil, 2 EL Add hummus and a little bit of the pasta water and you’re done!
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One of the advantages of hummus is that it is very easy to prepare. You only need a few ingredients and in principle no cooking skills. In other words: Even absolute beginners and cooking muffins will get it “baked” – don’t be afraid! All you need is a blender or alternatively a potato masher, with which the ingredients are simply chopped up and processed into a creamy mash.
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But the best is yet to come: You can modify the basic hummus recipe according to your preferences and thus create new variations again and again. Simply enrich the dip with additional ingredients, such as herbs, beetroot, spinach, eggplant, etc. Can’t be done, there’s no such thing – let your imagination run wild.
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Basic recipe for original hummus
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ingredients for 4 portion(s)
- 500 g chick peas, tin
- 1/2 TL Salt
- 1 medium lemon(s) (squeezed)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 200 g sesame paste
- 1/2 TL Cumin
- 1 EL Olive oil
Preparation Basic recipe for original hummus
- Drain the chickpeas and then put them in a blender and puree them together with the garlic, lemon juice and water (add little by little). Now add the sesame paste and mix again at the highest setting.
- Season to taste with cumin, salt and pepper. Top with olive oil.
- If you like, you can extend the topping and decorate the dip with parsley and coriander, chilli flakes or pomegranate seeds.
By the way: Olive oil does not traditionally come INS Hummus, but comes only as a topping on the porridge, even though many recipe on the Internet contain olive oil. But this is not the original recipe.
- Calories (kcal): 532
- fat: 37g
- Protein: 22g
- Carbohydrates: 26g
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Whether red, green or orange: hummus can easily be transformed into a colourful dip © its_al_dente / Shutterstock.com
You like experiments in the kitchen? Perfect! The original hummus recipe can be changed with a few simple steps, or ingredients. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:
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- Avocado hummus: Simply crush 1-2 avocados and add to the basic recipe.
- Edamame hummus: Replace chick peas with edamame (green soybeans), with 1-2 EL Mix coconut oil and the remaining ingredients (tahini & co.).
- Beetroot hummus: Dice fresh beetroot and roast in the oven at 200 °C for about 30 minutes. Then add to the other hummus ingredients in the mixer.
- Wild garlic or spinach hummus: Simply add a handful of fresh wild garlic or leaf spinach to the basic recipe, and you’re done!
- Tomato-basil hummus: Add a few dried tomatoes in oil (10 pieces) and ½ bunch fresh basil to the basic recipe.
Well, are you already indulging in hummus heaven? We, for one, love the chickpea porridge in all its delicious varieties. Homemade hummus is now compulsory for us!