The hummus is a typical sauce of the Middle East, made of crushed chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and tahini, a sesame seed cream. This spread is served as an appetizer and very widespread throughout the Middle East.
Hummus is an Arabic word meaning chickpeas; the full name of this dish is ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna indicating chickpeas with tahini sauce. The tahini is a sauce made of toasted sesame seeds finely ground together with sesame oil to reach a very smooth consistency. Tahini, together with chickpeas are the ingredients that characterizes the flavour of hummus. The first written recipe of hummus appeared in a cookbook published in Cairo in XIIIth century. But certainly this dish has more ancient origins, and according to some studies may even date back to Saladin 🙂 .
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- 1 can of precooked chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon of tahini sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon of cumin
- 1 clove of garlic
- olive oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- the juice of 1/2 lemon
- black pepper
- chilli pepper
Heat in a pan 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the garlic for a moment.
Add the chickpeas and the spices, let cook for few minutes over low heat.
Remove the mixture from heat and pour into a food processor. Add the water.
Mince the chickpeas very finely, adding some olive oil until you reach a creamy consistency.
Serve warm garnished with a few leaves of parsley.