It’s Not Hummus!

Hummus is essentially made of just four ingredients:

  • Chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic.

I don’t have Tahini in my house. Its just a paste made of sesame seeds. So I decided to make it all together.

I used:

  • Overnight Soaked Chickpeas.
  • Sesame Seeds.
  • Cumin Seeds.
  • Flax Seeds.
  • Sesame Oil. Olive oil is the default option…but I like sesame oil.
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Paprika Powder.
  • Fresh Garlic.
  • Lemon Juice.
  • Salt.

Use a pressure cooker. Lightly sauté sesame seeds, cumin and flax in sesame oil. Add the chickpeas and roast them till they get a little color on them. Sprinkle some paprika powder, garlic powder and salt. Roast them all for about 3-4 mins. Add enough water to completely cover the chickpeas. Taste and adjust the spice and salt. Pressure cook for one whistle and then let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Let the heat dissipate on its own. Open the cooker, add fresh garlic and cook till all the water evaporates. When its cooled down, put them in the blender and add fresh lemon juice. Add some more sesame oil if you want to make it softer. The more oil you add, the silkier it will get. But don’t add ingredients solely for making it look better. Let taste be the prime determinant.

Enjoy with cucumbers and flat bread.

Published by Imran

A s/w engineer by profession, I cook for my family.

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