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Hummus

I am writing this post after a long time. Unfortunately my internet was not working . Some construction was going on in the basement of the building so they had to dug out the cables. I will put together my favourite Lebanese recipes. (Yes they are for vegetarian) I had my first taste of Lebanese food some nine or ten years. I think what attracted me to this cuisine is the vibrant colors of the crockery they serve their food in and the simple flavors they use. They colors remind me of the famous Blue pottery of Jaipur which has Turkish Persian influence.

Hummus

Chickpeas boiled 1 cup

Tahini 2 tsp

Cloves 2-3 cloves

Olive oil  ½ cup

Salt to taste

Lemon 1 tbsp

Hummus is pretty simple to make. Strain the water from the chick peas. Put the chickpeas, lemon juice , olive oil, salt & the garlic cloves in a Food  processor .Keep adding the water if needed to make a smooth paste .Add the tahini & process it for a 2 minute . The Hummus should be of a peanut butter consistency. Chill it in the refrigerator. Serve with toasted pita bread.

Tip: I would hate to admit but I like my hummus to be a little on a spicier side.So my twist is I soak 1 red chilli or 2 if you really like red ;P in olive oil for ½  hrs . Grind the chilli with the above ingredients.

You can store this dip in the refrigerator for 3to 4 days. The dip at times becomes a little too thick so you can add olive oil before serving.

The easiest way to toast a pita bread is to put it in a toaster. Grease in some olive oil on it & microwave for 30 sec  serve. Don’t put the greased pita in a toaster  ,you would not like to know what happens ;p.

 

 

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