Hummus can safely be called the pearl of Arabic cuisine. Anyone who was lucky enough to visit the countries of the Middle East and try this masterpiece of cooking, certainly agree with us.
Hummus is a traditional Arab cold snack made from chickpeas and sesame paste, generously flavored with herbs and olive oil. In our country, this appetizer is still considered exotic, while in an Arab refrigerator it is as common as a sausage stick or a pack of butter from a Russian.
What is hummus?
Traditionally, hummus is served with pita (arabic tortilla). You can even say that the only correct way to eat chickpeas is to scoop up a snack with a spoon of pita. You just need to tear off a piece of cake, roll it up with a spoon and scoop. However, if there is no pita, it is quite possible to replace it with pita bread, fresh bread or corn crackers.
How to cook hummus?
There are many recipes for hummus, in each house it is prepared in its own way. We offer you a classic recipe for this snack.
- Chickpeas - 500 gr
- Olive oil (or sesame) - 5-8 tbsp. l
- Sesame seeds (whole or ground) - 2 tbsp. l
- Garlic - 2 slices
- Cumin - 0.5 tbsp. l
- Coriander - 0.5 st. l
- Lemon juice
- Other spices to taste
- Pour boiling water over chickpeas and leave overnight. In the morning drain the water, rinse the chickpea thoroughly and put it in the cauldron. Fill with fresh cold water and cook over low heat after boiling for 10 minutes.
- Rinse the chickens again, cover with fresh water and cook until ready. This manipulation is necessary to prevent intestinal swelling when eating this snack.
- Ready chickpeas cool and puree with a blender. Add crushed garlic and olive oil.
- Basic hummus ready. It remains to add grains of sesame, cumin, coriander and other spices. Season the appetizer with lemon juice, arrange in a can and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Hummus: good and harm
The cuisine of Lebanon, namely, it is the birthplace of hummus, is international. It combines the Greek, Arab and Armenian elements. Despite the culinary abundance, in Lebanon, very few people are overweight, because the food is healthy and fresh. The secret lies in the correct ratio of ingredients.
So, the use of hummus is composed of the beneficial properties of each component of this snack. Chickpeas are saturated with fats and proteins, potassium, calcium, fiber, magnesium, vitamins of group B, A, C. Calcium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E are part of sesame seed, it has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, normalizes blood cholesterol levels, helps to preserve beauty and youth for many years. Lemon and garlic are known for their antioxidant properties, making them indispensable fighters against colds.
Despite this saturation with useful substances, hummus is not a high-calorie product. At 100 grams of snacks have only 166 Kcal.
Eating 1-2 spoons of this most delicate snack per day, you saturate the body with vegetable proteins, normalize the metabolism and blood sugar levels. In addition, hummus improves brain function, removes toxins, has a beneficial effect on the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract.
However, despite the huge benefits of hummus, it, as in most other dishes, has its drawbacks. So, do not abuse the snack people with increased bowel flatulence and overweight. Also refuse hummus if you have an individual intolerance of the components which are its part.
If you do not have any of the above problems, it's time to go to the supermarket for the ingredients! Surprise your friends and loved ones with a delicious dish. You can be sure that from now on it will take pride of place on your table, both festive and everyday. Enjoy your meal!