Healthy and nutritious Hummus, a Mediterranean dip, normally made with chickpeas and tahini dip, is too simple to make. You don’t have Tahini Paste? No problem. Instead of Tahini, this recipe uses sesame seeds, easily available in all households
For making Chickpea hummus, just boil the chickpeas and add some spices and herbs and a delicious dip is ready. No more cooking is required. If you have boiled chickpeas then this delectable hummus gets ready in just 5 minutes.
This hummus recipe also uses a secret ingredient. Want to know what is it? Ok, guess till you find it in the post below.
Normally, Hummus is made with boiled chickpeas to which tahini is added.
In this recipe, instead of tahini, I added toasted sesame seeds and the result is excellent. I did that as sesame seeds are almost always in my pantry but no tahini. So, instead of buying tahini or making it separately, I simply added sesame seeds.
Now hummus is very common in my house but until many years back, I had no idea what hummus was. But thanks to my foodie husband who loves to experiment with different cuisines. During one of his official tours, he had hummus and when back demanded to have it. It was a new name for me. Then I flipped pages of different cookbooks I had, (as the internet was not there) and tried hummus for the first time. Since it has lots of garlic, therefore, it is loved by my children also as they are real garlic fans.
And when you make Hummus then do not forget to try Hummus Oats Crackers!
What Is Hummus? How to Make Hummus?
Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip. As green chutney (coriander dip) is very common in Indian households, the same way hummus is in the Middle East and Arabic Countries. Though of Arab origin but is now liked and eaten all over the world. And why not? Especially when it is so easy to make and is loaded with nutrition.
Hummus is made from cooked and mashed chickpeas. Yes, the same chickpeas which are made in every Indian house by the name Chhole or Chana Masala. The same chickpeas are turned into a healthy dip.
Hummus With Or Without Tahini?
A very important ingredient in making hummus, other than chickpeas is Tahini dip. Again Tahini is a Middle Eastern dip.
What is Tahini? Tahini is nothing but a paste of sesame seeds. We may or may not have tahini dip in our house but we do have sesame seeds especially in winters. I always use sesame seeds only while making hummus. And we all know that sesame seeds are one of the richest sources of calcium.
A Secret Ingredient In My Hummus Recipe
This recipe of hummus has a secret ingredient that takes it to another level.
Before disclosing that ingredient, I would like to mention a little about it. A few days back, my friend Sarika Nanda, gifted me 2 homemade dips. One was hummus and the other was mayonnaise. When my children tasted these dips, especially hummus, they went crazy. They liked it a lot.
As the hummus ingredients are more or less fixed only, so I thought that maybe it’s because of a different ratio of ingredients. When I asked her I just couldn’t believe what she told me. She said that she added a secret ingredient to her hummus and that made all the difference.
Can you guess what that secret ingredient was? It was roasted and ground cumin seeds! Cumin seeds in hummus? That was really very surprising. But the fact is that it did lend an extraordinary taste to this hummus.
Ever since then I have started adding this to hummus. It is not mandatory to add cumin seeds but I request you to give it a try.
Is Hummus Healthy?
Chickpeas also known as Garbanzo beans is a very healthy legume that comes with a full package of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Hummus, being made from chickpeas, comes with all these benefits and the additional advantages of sesame seeds and garlic.
What to Eat with Hummus?
Hummus Recipe From Scratch
I am sharing the recipe of hummus from scratch, that is, starting from raw chickpeas.
Here, I would like to add one important thing. When using raw chickpeas, do soak these for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours. Soaking is necessary not just to make them tender but is important from a health point of view too.
Some other recipes with chickpeas that you will love to try are:
Step by Step Recipe
- Wash chickpeas thoroughly and soak these in ample water for 6 to 8 hours.
- Once soaked they get almost double in size.
- Now boil these till soft and tender, for approximately 15 minutes.
- While the chickpeas are boiling, roast sesame seeds.
- Take all the hummus ngredients and put them in the blender.
- Blend for 2-3 minutes till smooth and creamy.
- Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle paprika and serve.
- Serve it with falafel.
- Or with Pita Bread…
Q) Can I use canned Garbanzo beans for making hummus?
Of course, you can! As canned beans are already boiled, so straight away put these in the grinder along with other ingredients.
Q) How to make Hummus Fluffy?
Reserve the water in which chickpeas are boiled. Now, while grinding chickpeas, instead of adding this water at a time, add it a little at a time and blend it for a little longer time. The end result will be fluffier hummus.
I hope you have liked this Hummus recipe without Tahini for and will surely try it out for your loved ones.
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Healthy Hummus Using Sesame Seeds
My 1 Cup measures 240 ml
- 1/2 Cup 100 g Chickpeas
- 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds White
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt as per taste
- Black Pepper As per taste
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 or 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1 teaspoon Roasted And Ground Cumin Seeds Optional
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika/Chilli Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- Rinse chickpeas and soak in enough water for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Take enough water as chickpeas absorb a lot of water. If you find that they have soaked all the water after an hour or so then add more water.
- Boil chickpeas in the pressure cooker till soft and tender.
- While the chickpeas are boiling, roast sesame seeds. For roasting, put sesame seeds in a pan and roast on medium flame till colour changes a little. Do not turn them dark brown.
- Once boiled, let the chickpeas cool down. Reserve the water in which chickpeas were boiled.
- In the blender, take boiled and cooled chickpeas, roasted sesame seeds, roughly chopped garlic, lemon juice, roasted and ground cumin seeds, salt and pepper and blend to a smooth paste. If difficult to grind then add little chickpeas stock (water in which these were boiled). Blend it for a minute or so till smooth and velvety.
- While serving sprinkle paprika/chilli flakes and drizzle little olive oil.
- Serve with falafel or pita bread.
- You can also serve hummus with crackers or with salad.
- You can store this hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
- You can use Tahini dip (1 tablespoon) in place of sesame seeds.
- If you are not very fond of garlic then take only 1 clove of it.
- Cumin seeds are optional but it does lend a very good taste to hummus.
- Add olive oil liberally