When I was younger, I hated hummus. I loved when we would eat in these two Persian restaurants in the Philippines though, Mister Kebab and Behrouz, but I just like to eat pita bread and dip it in yogurt. Those days are gone though, and I started my love for hummus when I reached high school when my dad’s friend brought us home some delicious packed hummus from Costco. Of course it was processed and had lots of preservatives for it to be able to go all the way here and still have some time before it goes bad. It’s been a while since I’ve had any of it. While there is a raw hummus recipes using zucchini (which I absolutely love!), it had tahini which makes it have more fat. So I tried making a hummus without using fats, and I have to say it turned out quite to my liking, and my sister’s.
Now this is really easy to do, it just takes time because it’s much better to buy dry chickpeas instead of using the ones in the cans because who knows how long the shelf life of those are! Also, you save a lot by getting the dried chickpeas because they only cost P150 per Kilo! and You can make 5 batches of these per kilo.
What you’ll need:
Stove and Pot
1 cup dried Chickpeas
3 cups soaked and cooked Chickpeas
1 cup and 1 Tbs Water (more if needed)
2 Tbs Calamansi/Lemon Juice
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt (sea salt, never iodized, please! I cannot stress this enough) *optional
1 clove Garlic
1. Soak 1 Cup dried chickpeas in water overnight (12 hours)
2. Strain the chickpeas and rinse.
3. Place chickpeas in a pot with water and bring to a boil, turn off the heat, cover and let sit for an hour.
4. Strain and rinse.
* Optional: For smoother hummus, you can peel the chickpeas after cooking, if you do peel them, you may need less water.
Let’s make some hummus!
1. Place all ingredients in a blender, stop and stir once in a while until smooth!
2. Serve and store.
Makes around 3 Cups
I’ve got a bunch of different healthy ways to eat Hummus, although they are delicious with Pita bread alone, why not make it extra delicious and healthy!
One way is to just spread the hummus on some Romaine lettuce, add some spinach and tomatoes, and you’re good to go!
Have it with rice and other veggies!
Have a PIT(za)A, just spread it on some whole wheat pita bread, or any other bread you like, but Pita bread just goes so well with hummus, top it with tomatoes and spinach or any other veggies you enjoy! I like to keep it as raw as possible so I just top it off with raw veggies. Mushrooms would also taste delicious with this!
For those who don’t know where to buy chickpeas, I get my chickpeas and cumin seed from Assad, it’s an Indian Mini Mart.
Assad Mini Mart
1268-IJK Midtown Hotel Executive Homes
United Nation Avenue
(632) 5261349 / 5265034
Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village
If you decide to try this recipe, I would absolutely love some feedback! I’m always trying to improve myself since I really am just learning as I try things.