Hummus

Prep Time : 5 hours (for soaking)                         Cook Time : 20 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 Cups dried Chickpeas ( Kabuli Chana )
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 5 tbsp Sesame Seeds ( Til)
  • 2-3 flakes of garlic
  • Pepper & Salt as per taste

METHOD

  1. Soak the chickpeas in 6 cups of water for 5 hrs . Drain the water and keep aside. Add the chickpeas to a cooker and add enough water to cover the chickpeas. Pressure cook them till they are tender. Alternately, you can use tinned chickpeas instead of dried ones.
  2. Roast the Sesame seeds for about a minute and grind it into a powder.
  3. Combine chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and sesame paste in a food processor and blend until ingredients come together into a thick paste.
  4. With the food processor running, add a little water, about half a tablespoon at a time, until the hummus becomes smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Transfer creamy hummus into a bowl . Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil just before serving and sprinkle with paprika.

Hummus can be served with Vegetable sticks / Pita Bread / Falafel (chickpeas fritters).

Serves : 6

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Falafel ~ Chickpea Fritters

Prep Time : 5 hours (for soaking)                         Cook Time : 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of dries chickpeas (kabuli chana), soaked in water for 6 hours
  • Crumbs from 2 slices of white bread
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 spoon of sesame (til) seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (zeera) powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika/ chilli powder
  • Salt, pepper
  • Oil for deep frying

METHOD

  1. Wash the soaked chickpeas and put them in a food processor with the garlic, onion and spices. Grind until you get a rough moist texture. Add a little water if needed.
  2. Move the mixture into a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and put aside, covered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Warm the oil – it should be hot, not boiling. Add the baking soda to the mixture and knead a little.
  4. Wet your hands and shape little balls. Fry until you get a deep brown shade. Serve hot with pita bread, vegetable salad, pickles.

Falafel can be used to make Falafel wraps which are excellent meal by it self . I usually serve it for dinner and it gets eaten faster than I can cook :)

Serves : 6

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