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"It is quite simple to make, since it is just a cold Middle Eastern puree made by blending chickpeas, sesame seeds, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt."
"Chickpeas have been eaten for centuries in the Middle East, and are a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Hummus is actually an Arabic word itself, meaning 'chickpeas'."
"It is reputed to be high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6."
"It has now become world-famous because of its use as a dip or spread, eaten on bread or with nibbles and snacks."
"I washed chickpeas under running fresh water yesterday," she continued giving him cooking tips, "until the water was clear."
"Then I soaked them overnight in brine in a covered pot. Some cultures soak them using baking soda along with salt too."
"If not soaked overnight, they take longer to cook. Or else, you can cook them in a Pressure Cooker."
"If you couldn’t soak them overnight and haven’t got a Pressure Cooker, put the chickpeas into a bowl. Cover them with boiling water and stand them for an hour or two before cooking them.”
“This afternoon, I cooked them in their overnight soaking solution. Some people cook them in Pressure Cookers anyway, especially if they haven't had a chance to soak them overnight, but I find it makes them mushy."
"I drained them when they were cooked and allowed them to cool. I kept the stock for later use. Now I'm ready to have you make their puree with me, so let's get started."
- 1 cup chickpeas
- Fresh water for soaking
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 fresh green chilli (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves/chopped parsley/mint
- 4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon chickpea liquid stock
As instructed, Hosh put the chickpeas and other ingredients into a blender (or mini wizz).
“How do you know when it's done, Ma” asked Hosh, "and how long will it keep?".
"It is important to cook the chickpeas until they are tender," replied Isha. "But you can blend them until their texture is to your preference. I like to blend the Puree until it is smooth, but some cultures like it coarse. You can see many versions of making it on YouTube too."
"Chill until it is ready to serve. It will easily keep in fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container.”
They garnished it with mint and served it fresh with celery sticks, carrot sticks, baby carrots, potato crisps, crackers and corn chips that night for starters.
Light music was playing in the background. Josh turned off the lights and the family dined in candle-light as they chatted. There was contentment, that only companionship, ambience, music and good food can produce together in a home.
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