Welcome to our kitchen, where we’re about to embark on a delightful culinary journey to the heart of the Middle East. Today, we’re diving into the art of creating a classic and authentic Middle Eastern Hummus, a cherished staple known for its creamy texture and rich flavors, Dive into Deliciousness: The Ultimate Middle Eastern Hummus Guide.
- 1 can (15 oz) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt to taste
- Water (as needed for consistency)
- Optional toppings: olive oil, paprika, fresh parsley, pine nuts
- Food processor or blender
- Rubber spatula
- Prep the Chickpeas:
- Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas under cold water. Remove any loose skins.
- Combine Ingredients:
- In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, and a pinch of salt.
- Blend to Smooth Consistency:
- Blend the mixture until smooth. If needed, add water gradually to achieve the desired creamy consistency.
- Taste and Adjust:
- Taste the hummus and adjust salt or lemon juice as per your preference. Blend again to incorporate any adjustments.
- Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl or plate.
- Drizzle some olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika for color and flavor. Garnish with fresh parsley and pine nuts.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Serve the hummus with warm pita bread, fresh vegetables, or as a spread in sandwiches or wraps.
- For smoother hummus, you can remove the skins from the chickpeas by gently rubbing them with a towel before blending.
- Adjust the consistency by adding more water or olive oil to achieve the desired creaminess.
- Experiment with additional flavors like roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, or a touch of ground cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
Enjoy making this authentic Middle Eastern hummus recipe! Feel free to customize it to suit your taste preferences and get creative with the toppings and flavors.