HUMMUS

History-

Hummus is a food eaten by many people around the world. no one is sure exactly but it is thought to originate from the middle east and is considered a middle eastern food. Hummus is the Arabic word for 'chickpeas' because that is usually used as a main ingredient. many stories describe hummus as one of the oldest known prepared foods. one legend says that it was first created by Saladin, the sultan or main ruler of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Hejaz around the 1170's and 1180's.

Some Ingredients-
cooked, mashed chickpeas
tahini
olive oil
lemon juice
salt
garlic

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Here is just one recipe for one kind of hummus.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 pinch baking soda (optional)
  • 3/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

  1. Rinse the garbanzo beans and and place in a pot. Fill with enough water to cover by at least 1 inch. Add baking soda, if using. Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium heat until the beans are very soft, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. Drain the beans, reserving some of the water to use later. Reserve a small handful of the whole beans for a garnish. Transfer the rest to a blender or if you have a hand blender, a large bowl. Blend the beans until smooth, adding 1/2 cup of olive oil gradually. Add some of the reserved water if needed to help it blend. Add the tahini and blend in along with the lemon juice. Season with cumin and salt.
  3. Spread the hummus into a flat serving dish and garnish with the reserved beans and a drizzle of olive oil.




personally, I dont think i have ever had hummus but it looks like it could be delicious and i will try it sometime.


My Sources
http://delicious.com/nhuskers18/wcmiddleeastfood09
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Authentic-Middle-Eastern-Hummus-Chummus/Detail.aspx
http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2007/01/hummus-recipe.html