Hummus simply means “chickpeas” in Arabic. What I have created is an easy creamy garlic hummus recipe that anyone can make in minutes in a food processor for around $1.50. While shopping the other day we noticed the cost of this frugal dip coming in at a whopping $4.50 for a 500 g tub.
You can find Tahini paste down the ethnic section at your local grocery shop for around $4-6 for a large container. Although this cost seems high for the paste it will last you for many recipes. The Tahini (sesame butter) is what turns this chickpea spread into a creamy delight and makes your taste buds tingle.
If you are a hummus fan you must try this easy garlic hummus recipe before heading out to the grocery store to pay premium price for something you can easily make at home. If you are a fan of roasted garlic you could easily substitute the fresh garlic in this simple hummus recipe for roasted garlic. Sometimes I even like to toss in some fresh basil from my garden to kick it up a notch in the flavour department.
Roasted Garlic- Peel your garlic to expose the outer layer skin of the individual garlic cloves. Cut a thin layer off the top of a fresh bulb of garlic (I do about a 1/4 inch), add extra virgin olive oil,salt, pepper and wrap in foil. I like to put mine in my muffin tin so it has its own little bathtub to sit in.
Put your garlic in the oven at 350- 400 degrees for about an 35 mins to an hour or until the garlic is soft and fragrant. This garlic will be almost candy like and sweet to taste. It will give your hummus a whole new taste which you will love. When done, squeeze the lovely garlic out of the shell (peel or bulb) and into the processor in place of the fresh garlic.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is an Arab dip or spread made from mashing chick peas, lemon juice, spices, Tahini paste, olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice. There are many variations of this popular summer time dip that many eat all year-long. It’s an easy recipe to bring to your next frugal pot-luck or frugal back yard barbeque party. Hummus is great to dip vegetables, fruits and crispy pita chips or to use in place of other spreads on your meats and sandwiches.
You can easily make pita chips simple by cutting your pita into triangles and putting them on a baking sheet and baking in an oven until crispy at 300 degrees. You can also spice up your pita with a bit of olive oil and your favourite flavours before you bake. I like to flip my triangles half way through the cooking so they bake crisp on both sides.
Another great way is to make your own Spinach,Plain or Wheat tortillas and cut them up, add your favourite spices a splash of olive oil and bake them in the oven until crispy. Hummus is very popular around the world and prevalent in cuisine in the Middle East.
Health Benefits of Hummus
Hummus is high in Iron, Vitamin C with high levels of Folate and Vitamin B6. It’s a nice light zesty dip that’s hard to put down.
- Chick Peas are high in fibre and protein and fill you up so you are not starving an hour after you eat. Chick Peas may also help with your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Garlic- naturally powerful antibiotic effective against bacteria, viruses and fungus. Garlic also promotes heart health and helps reduce blood coagulation. It may also lower your blood pressure, LDL Cholesterol ( the stuff you don’t want) and more.
- Olive Oil- is a mono-unsaturated fat (the good stuff) but high in calories so use in moderation.
- Tahini (ground sesame seeds)- used to boost thiamine known as B-1 which influences your muscles, nervous system and digestion. There are also carbohydrates, protein, phosphorus and copper.
- Lemon- Indigestion, constipation, fever, dental care, hair care, skin care, burns, internal bleeding, Rheumatism, Weight Loss, Respiratory Disorders, Cholera, Foot relaxation, Corns, Throat Infections and High Blood Pressure.
Some other variations of Hummus that I have made are:
- Egg plant and Garlic Hummus
- Roasted Garlic Hummus
- Ginger Garlic Hummus
- Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
- Greek Yoghurt Hummus
- Olive Hummus with Lime
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Food Processor
- Measuring spoon/cup
- Mixing spoon
- Pot to boil chick peas if you use dry beans (soak over night in water then boil until tender in salted water)
- Strainer to strain chick peas when boiled
- 1.5 cups of dry chick peas or 1 large can of chick peas (2 cups)
- 1/4 liquid from boiling the chick peas or from the can
- 3-5 tablespoons of Real lemon juice (the good stuff ) or the juice of 1 fresh lemon (the best) -Depends on taste and how much lemon flavour you prefer here.
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 cloves of garlic (*see above if you want to use roasted garlic)
- 3 tablespoons of Tahini paste
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- In a food processor or blender add your chick peas, and reserved water and blend
- Add in the Tahini paste, garlic, salt, pepper and a lemon juice and while you are blending stream in the extra virgin olive oil from the top
- Blend until creamy
- Add lemon and salt until your desired taste is achieved
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