In the world of Caeser, Thousand island, Cocktail dressing, when we intend to think of a healthy, vegetarian yummy dressing or dip, then undoubtedly we think of hummus. Technically it is just grounded chickpeas but only when one tastes hummus will one understand how mesmerizing it is. While I was working in Oman, as much as I loved the natural beauty of Oman, I loved the taste of authentic Arabic and Omani food.
- Chickpeas 1kg
- Baking soda 6 tbsp
- Tahini paste 2 tbsp
- Lemon salt 2 tsp
- Salt 1 tbsp
- Ice 250 gms
- Mint/ Parsley leaves
- Olive oil
- Sumac powder
- Sort the dry chickpeas for any damaged chickpeas or stones.
- Wash the chickpeas several times until the water is transparent and keep it soaked in water overnight. Mix 3 tbsp of soda in the water.
- Next morning drain and wash the chickpeas exhaustively under cold running water.
- Now boil with baking soda for 30 -35 min and whilst boiling keep removing the scum (boiling time can differ depending upon the quality of chickpeas).
- Once boiled, wash it with cold water and remove the scum and loose skins of the chickpeas.
- Drain the excess water instantly. Crush the ice in a blender and keep it aside.
- Now grind it smooth in a food processor by adding tahini paste, lemon salt, salt, crush ice.
- Ensure the mixture is smooth and thinner than the texture you finally want as it will become thick as it gets cold.
- Pour the hummus in a bowl.
- Take a spoon and using the back of the spoon press the center and with the other hand keep turning the bowl by holding it from the side.
- Sprinkle some sumac powder (optional) and drop few whole chickpeas over the hummus.
- Garnish finally with mint/ parsley sprig.
- Serve the hummus with kibbeh or falafel or as a dip for simple vegetable sticks.