In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about our beloved “Humus.” From its origin, texture, recipe to what does hummus taste like; we will have everything covered.
Origin of Hummus
Hummus dates back to the 13th century and roots in ancient Egypt. This blend has chickpeas, which were in abundance in the land of Egypt. Some historians, however, give credit to Lebanon for introducing hummus to the world. As a result, it is now the center of attraction for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a traditional dip or spread that is common in Arab countries. It is a blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon, olive oil, cumin, and garlic. It can be served as an appetizer or side dish. This creamy dip makes your wraps and sandwiches more nutritious and delicious.
Texture of Hummus
The texture of hummus varies depending on the ingredients used to make it. Overall, it has a thick, creamy, and smooth texture. It is not granulated as the chickpeas are boiled and ground, resulting in a silky smooth paste that is light and fluffy at the same time. It’s lusciously creamy and swirled, waiting to be scooped with a piece of warm pita bread.
What Does Hummus Taste Like?
If we had to describe it in one word, it would be” delicious.” It is tangy, nutty, and zesty, owing to the flavor of tahini (sesame seed paste), with notes of lemony citrus and a mild garlic flavor.
The taste varies according to the type of hummus. The most popular types are:
Hummus With Roasted Garlic
This version uses roasted garlic paste in place of fresh garlic. As a result, the flavor is milder than that of regular hummus.
Hummus Without Tahini
This version does not include tahini. Instead, it has more olive oil and less water. Although tahini is considered the secret ingredient behind the awesome taste of hummus, it can be substituted or omitted according to your preference. The hummus without tahini tastes less nutty.
Hummus With Sesame Seeds
This version includes tahini and sesame seeds giving the hummus a savory flavor.
Homemade Hummus Recipe
You’ll be in awe when you learn how easy it is to make this power-packed dip at home.
- 1/2 cup Boiled Chickpeas drained and rinsed (canned chickpeas can also be used)
- 1/4 cup Tahini
- 3 pcs Cloves of Garlic minced
- 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/8 tsp Black Pepper freshly ground and powdered
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
- If you have time to spare, you cansauté some onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until softened. Then add the salt and pepper and stir to mix. Remove it from the heat and set the pan aside. Stir the onion mixture in the blended ingredients and add more seasoning to taste.
- Now dish out and serve warm or cold with pita bread, crackers, or veggies. It's great served with chips, too!
Health Benefits of Hummus
As the world has shifted from junk to organic products, the popularity of hummus as a plant-based food has increased tenfold. It is now the most purchased grocery item due to its enormous health benefits.
- Good for Diabetes
Hummus has properties that control your blood sugar level. For example, chickpeas are known to have a low glycemic index (GI). This helps slow digestion and absorption, thus maintaining the body’s sugar levels.
- Boosts Immunity
Hummus has plant-based protein, which is required for increasing immunity and optimal growth.
- Protects your Heart
The olive oil and chickpeas in the hummus prevent heart disease. This is because olive oil has heart-healthy fats, while chickpeas are rich in legumes and reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Best Ways to Enjoy Hummus
The best way to enjoy hummus is as part of a healthy meal. Pairing it with vegetables, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, and lean protein such as chicken breast or salmon will help keep you full and satisfied. Also, try serving it with fresh fruit slices or carrot sticks for added color.
It tastes great with pita bread, crackers, or even a sandwich. You can try it with falafel, an authentic dish from the Middle East.
The Bottom Line
Hummus used to be considered a traditional Arab side dish. It was unusual in other cultures, and people were curious about what hummus tasted like. However, as its consumption benefits became more widely known, it began to appear in modern kitchens. In America and worldwide, hummus has taken a special place in grocery stores and households. Hummus is everyone’s favorite because of the buzz surrounding organic food and plant-based protein. It’s simple to make and goes well with a variety of foods.
This Middle Eastern dip is a must-try for your next snack.
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