Hummus or “hummus bi tahini” is a simple Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. A very popular food in the Middle Eastern region, where it is consumed as a dip or spread that is usually consumed with bread.
The first known appearance of this dish was from the Abbasid period in Egypt and the Levant. During that 13th century the recipe was a bit different compared to the modern version and it composed of a purée of chickpeas with vinegar, pickled lemons, herbs, spices, and oil, but no tahini or garlic were used. Later on a recipe with tahini called hummus appeared on the Arab cookbook “Kitab Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada”, garlic was introduced in the recipe but not lemons, instead the souring agent used is vinegar.
This is my favourite type of dip, it not just delicious but it is so healthy, perhaps the most delicious healthy dip there is. It contains chickpeas which is a good source of protein and dietary fiber, it also has a lot of sesame seeds which is a good source of the amino acid methionine. It is also high in iron and vitamin C and contains a significant amount of folate and vitamin B6.
How about you what is your favourite dip?
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp mayonnaise (optional, this makes it more creamy)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
- Place everything in a food processor then blend until smooth.