One of the things that we always eat when we travel abroad is “Hummus”. The variety and quality that we get in Europe or Turkey or even the US is just outstanding and for vegetarians, its a treat with all types of bread. I have never tried to make it at home, but decided to try it a few days back. We had bought a bottle of hummus at Al Natura in Munich during our Sept trip this year and it was so tasty that I wanted to get a big bottle full of it but obviously I didn’t. I kept the bottle though and checked out the ingredients.
Here’s the recipe that I followed –
1/3 cup – Steamed chickpeas (totally soft)
1 tablespoon – Sesame seeds
1 tablespoon – Ginger Garlic paste (OPOS)
1 tablespoon – Vinegar
1 tablespoon+ 1 teaspoon – Idhayam Sesame oil (I don’t have Olive oil at home)
7 to 8 pieces of pickled Jalapeños
1/2 Tsp of red chilli powder as we are trying to get off the spicy food habit
Salt to taste
I made all of this into a smooth paste and it was truly yum. I was making sandwiches for dinner and used almost half of it and the balance I stored in the Al Natura hummus bottle. I plan to get some Olive oil and make this again just so that the taste is even more authentic, but this is just as good.
The closest this comes to is the South Indian “Paruppu thogayal” but the flavours are totally different since the thogayal is made with “Tuvar dal” (arhar dal) and of course we don’t use vinegar at all in any South Indian dish.