Being Lebanese, I know a good dip of hummus for a dull canned one, this is why today I will share with you the best recipe for traditional hummus, made from fresh white hummus beans!
Let me start by stating the obvious: Hummus has a large number of health benefits.
But why is hummus good for you?
Hummus is high in protein and iron, thus it is the perfect snack that will make you feel fuller for longer, regulate your blood sugar levels and provide you with all the energy you need. As also stated in the Huffington Post, foods that contain folate may reduce the risk of colorectal cancers (like colon cancer) and dietary fiber helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, which is also protective against cancer.
Hummus is a big part of the Mediterranean Diet, which has become very popular amongst people with heart diseases. The Mediterranean Diet is known to reduce risks of heart strokes and heart attacks.
The good news is that Hummus is super easy to do on your own!
How can you eat Hummus? Well, that’s even simpler!
Traditionally, Hummus is enjoyed with pita bread and some olive oil. You can also use it as a spread or even a replacement for many unhealthy sauces in sandwiches! We should call it supernatural Hummus! For us, Hummus is a must, it’s our saviour. We add it to chicken and meat sandwiches, and trust me, if it tastes so good on it’s own, it’s gonna taste way better in a wrap, and that’s coming from a person who’s obsessed with food and flavors.
You can also enjoy it as a dip with baked potatoes and veggies.
If you live in Beirut, you can enjoy it with Wooden Bakery’s new Gluten Free options that include Pita and Tannour Bread. Yum Yum!
Traditional Lebanese Hummus Dip
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/2 cup boiled white Hummus beans (chickpeas)
- 4 cloves mashed garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- olive oil
- parsley (optional)
- How to boil chickpeas: In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the chickpeas and cover. Cook until chickpeas soften. Drain the water and place the chickpeas (with their skin) in a food processor. You can add a bit of the water used for boiling if necessary. Blend until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix the garlic, salt, cumin, tahini, and lemon juice.
- Add the Hummus to the mixture.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with some olive oil and some parsely.
- Enjoy with pita bread, as a dip for potatoes and veggies, or as a sandwich spread.
This plate of hummus was made in 2010 in Beirut and holds the Guinness world record for the biggest plate of hummus to ever exist. It weighed 23,520 pounds. Lebanese Pride!