Hummus is one of my favourite cold meze dishes. It’s great as a snack, along side a meal and is healthy for you. Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas and tahini, combined with a wide choice of other ingredients to be enjoyed however you please.
I usually always buy hummus ready made from the supermarket but recently I really wanted to make my own and customise it to the taste I would enjoy. I do find some shop bought hummus can be very sour and a have quite a pungent taste which can be off putting when it over powers the rest of your meal.
BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS
If you have been reading my blog for a while you may have seen me mentioned a few times that I like to create my own recipes of my favourite foods so I am 100% sure what goes into my food and into my body. So in this post I want to talk about the benefits of including chickpeas into your diet.
Chickpeas are known as part of the legumes family, along side lentils and beans and is high in carbohydrates, good fats and protein.
Legumes, like chickpeas, are commonly found in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines and as I grew up in a Turkish household, chickpeas were one of the superfoods that was always on the table in the form of hummus and other dishes.
Chickpeas are full of antioxidants, iron and are naturally gluten free, which is the reasons why I have been including these little peas into my diet as I have cut out and reduced the amount of processed carbs that usually make me feel unwell. I have found them to be a great replacement for bread and other carbs as it is more gentle on my digestive system and doesn’t make me feel all yucky after my meal.
HUMMUS AS A SNACK
This recipe is so easy to make! You can store what you don’t eat in the fridge in an air tight container for a couple of days.
Enjoy hummus as a snack late morning or late afternoon with some pitta bread, celery, cucumber, carrot and bell pepper sticks. This is a great alternative to those biscuits or chocolate you may have hidden in the back of the cupboard or your desk at work. Hummus as a healthy snack alternative will help boost your energy and keep you going until your next meal.
So here is my Homemade Hummus with Paprika recipe for you to make and enjoy!
(Serves 4-6 people as a snack or side dish)
240g Canned Chickpeas, drained
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1 lemon, juice
4 tbsp water
Salt, to season
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coriander, to garnish
In a blender add the drained chickpeas, the lemon juice, tahini, crushed garlic and the 3 tablespoons of water and lightly season with salt. Lightly blend or pulse until you reach a fairly smooth consistency, add one more tablespoon of water if the mixture is too stiff.
Spoon into a serving bowl and sprinkle a fair amount of paprika over the top.
Lightly drizzle the extra virgin olive oil on top and add a few coriander leaves for garnish.
Enjoy straight away or cover and chill in the fridge.
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