When it comes to dips and sauces one of my all-time favorite dip is Hummus.
Hummus is a well known dip from the Middle Eastern cuisine made from chickpeas.
So is it really healthy?
Well, that depends on a couple of factors.One, is it store bought? If it comes in a container (processed food) it is going to have a lot of sodium and other preservative. Two, if it is prepared at home-the proportion of ingredients used.
Nutritionally speaking, Hummus is a great dip. It’s made from chickpeas, tahini or sesame and olive oil. It has healthy fat, good amount of fiber , it’s a good source of vitamins like vitamin A,B1,B3,B6 and minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium etc. Overall it is a healthy snack for fitness freaks, kids, youngster’s, pregnant women and even diabetics.
Here’s how you can easily make this awesome dip at home:
- Chickpeas-1 cup soaked and boiled
- Sesame seeds-1 tsp
- Olive oil-2 tbsp
- Chilli powder/green chilli paste *optional
- Lime juice *optional ( let your taste buds decide)
- Cumin-1 tsp *optional (mainly cumin can be added to slightly give it a Indian taste )
- Garlic paste-1 tsp *optional (garlic hummus tastes great and with garlic the nutritional value increases too.
Kindly note all the ingredients that are optional are not included in the traditional hummus recipe they are ingredients that can be added to it to enhance flavours and are healthy.
- Dry roast the sesame and cumin (if you are using cumin).Grind the roasted sesame and cumin into fine powder.
- Put all the ingredients i.e. boiled chickpeas, garlic paste, red chilli powder or green chilli paste, lime juice, ground sesame and/or cumin and salt into the mixer. Blend all the ingredients together using the little amount of water that was to boil the chickpeas into paste.
- Finally, add in Olive oil and grind it a little more.
- Serve it with falafel/ sautéed veggies/ roti/ paratha etc.