What Is Hummus?
What Is Hummus Made Of?
Hummus is a savory type of dish that is often used as a dip or spread. Hummus is made by cooking, mashing, and blending chickpeas traditionally with olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic. It is a delicious and all-natural vegan using only plant-based ingredients. Nowadays it can be bought in almost all grocery stores and is a great and healthy addition to meals or as the central dip for appetizers and is most commonly eaten with bread. It also comes in a variety of different flavors just as paprika, red pepper, caramelized onion, and garlic, all of which use chickpeas as the base form.
Ingredients in Hummus
Traditional hummus contains
- Canned chickpeas
- 1 ½ -2 lemons
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ cup of tahini
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Garnished with parsley, a drizzle of olive oil, roasted chickpeas, or paprika
Is hummus protein? So how healthy is hummus and what nutritional are you getting for indulging in this delicious savory dip? Hummus actually contains many highly beneficial vitamins and minerals and has a whopping 7.9 grams of protein per 100gram which is great for a plant-based source. It also contains healthy fibers which are great for gut health as well as manganese, potassium, zinc, and iron.
Where Does Hummus Come From?
So what culture is hummus from and who invented hummus? Well, the history of hummus is quite complicated as many different countries and cultures have created dishes that are very similar so it’s hard to say who did it first however hummus is said to be invented in ancient Egypt and this is because chickpeas were abundant in the middle east and thus many dishes, spread, and dips were created from them in order to make use of the resources available. In fact, the word hummus actually directly translates to chickpea in Arabic. Hummus is also a traditional dish in Greece this is because years ago Egypt and Greece were trade partners and thus shared similar ingredients in which they established traditional dishes including stuffed grape leaves and baklava.
What Is Hummus For?
Hummus is such a versatile dip and can be used in a wide variety of ways some of these include
The most typical and standard use for hummus is as a dip and is most commonly eaten with pita bread but also works brilliantly with chips, vegetables such as cucumbers, celery, and carrots as well as pretzels, rice crackers, and even strawberries and dates for a sweet and savory combination.
Sandwiches and Wraps
Hummus is also used as a spread or “sauce” in many varieties of sandwiches and wraps. It is often spread on the base of your bread or wrap and topped most traditionally with eggplant, spinach, and chicken. One of the latest hummus sandwich trends is an open sandwich which includes hummus, avocado, poached egg, and cherry tomatoes. Hummus also pairs well with smoky flavors such as caramelized onions and roasted red bell peppers and is also a great addition to veggie burgers and portobello mushrooms.
Another great use for hummus is in combination with salads or buddha bowl. It works extremely well as a dressing and can easily be watered down by adding extra olive oil, water, or lemon juice. It is a great pairing with all roasted vegetables including butternut squash, zucchini, and sweet potato. Don’t be afraid of adding a large dollop to rice, quinoa, or any grain of your choice as it adds extra layers of creaminess and really brings a dish together.
Yes, pasta and hummus are a delightful combination. If you’re looking to steer away from the typical red sauce try tossing your pasta in hummus and adding olives, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs such as parsley, it is sure to make your pasta dish extra creamy, rich and thick, seriously don’t knock it till you try it and the best part is that’s its equally as delicious cold and remains in perfect condition for lunch the following day.
Hummus is a great addition to your small bites either as a midday snack or a pre-dinner nibble. Hummus and cucumber are a match made in heaven and can be transformed into a beautiful looking and tasting little bite. To achieve this simply thinning slice your cucumber long ways and spread the hummus down one side and then gently roll it up from one end and stick a toothpick don the middle and there you have the perfect little bite-size and healthy snack.
Hummus can also be used as a binder in for example potato cakes or even veggie burger patties. In order to make this work simply add your hummus to ground-up veggies of your choice and form them into small balls ready to cook on the pan. The addition of hummus will not only give your savory cakes a great pop of flavor but also ensure that they stay together during the cooking process. They are great paired with mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, potatoes spinach, and plant-based meat substitutes, a perfect combination for a delicious savory cake that the whole family can enjoy (even the kids).
As you can see to define hummus food is so much more in-depth than just a dip you buy at the grocery store, it is healthy, can easily be made at home, and is a great pairing for a multitude of different meal ideas and recipes.
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