No-Fuss Hummus

...And that’s it!Hummus is one of the simplest, tastiest, and most nutritious dishes you can make at home. The ingredients for this lockdown - special recipe are so accessible that I bet you’d find at least 4 of the 5 ingredients in your kitchen right now! Seasoned chefs ( ), can add other ingredients like cream, but here’s the thing - it tastes great even without!

You will need:
1.5 Cups Chana dal (Split Chickpeas)
2 Tbsp Sesame seeds
Lemon Juice - 1 medium lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste

5 Tbsp Fresh Cream
2 tbsp Grated Cheese
2-3 Chopped Green Chillies

Traditional recipes call for whole chickpeas. But to soak, boil and PEEL them - is there anything more exhausting? The Chana Dal hummus is just as creamy and delicious as the chickpea one, and I prefer to do things the simple way, despite raised eyebrows from hummus connoisseurs.

Step 1: soak the Chana Dal for 20 min and then boil it

Step 2: Toast the sesame seeds lightly in a pan (Keep this pan to the side, we’ll use it in a later step)

Step 3: Blend the sesame seeds and Chana Dal in a food processor till smooth, adding a few spoons of water. You should achieve a smooth, thick, ‘halwa’-like consistency.

(You can add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to this mixture and call it a day, but I like to fry it once more...)

Step 4: Add a tbsp of oil/butter to the pan you kept aside and fry the mixture, with salt and pepper (& the optional ingredients) over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Turn off the heat, and then add the lemon juice. Mix well.

Your hummus is ready! Pair it with nachos, pita or any other baked/roasted breads. If you’re carb conscious, you can pair it with a salad of your choice. Dip each forkful in the smooth, rich hummus and enjoy!

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