Friday, August 5, 2011

The chickpea goodness

The blog world is almost obsessed with one chickpea recipe. There is no way you wouldnt guess it right. Yes it is hummus. I almost dreamt of making my own hummus whenever I saw anybody post hummus recipes. But when you live alone, buy cheap blenders/food processors which break after 6 months you are only left with little hope of making hummus at home. I ended up buying different kinds of hummus and knowing how simple the recipe is it only made me feel bad every time I bought store hummus. You know what I am talking about. I had to make my own hummus and make my dream come true. 
Are you wondering I am some kind of crazy women who dreams of hummus? Well not 100% true!

Anyways here is my recipe of hummus. 
I soaked and cooked the chickpeas at home. Nothing beyond than a effort to let the chickpea sprout. Sprouting increases the nutrient content of any seed. So why just make plain old hummus. Let me make my own healthy hummus. So after soaking the chickpeas for 2 days, I pressure cooked them with little salt.

1 can of chickpeas or equivalent home-prepared chickpeas
3tbsp Tahini
2 cloves of garlic
Lemon - 3tbsp
salt to taste
Kalamata olives 4-5
Water as needed
Olive oil for drizzle

So combine everything and blend/process until a smooth creamy hummus is ready. Add water as needed.
Top it over toasted bread or pita or fresh veggies. Chickpeas are good source of protein and definitely tasty.
Change the flavor by adding more garlic, cilantro, roasted pepper, paprika.


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