Monday, October 26, 2009

How the Middle East serve Humus

Humus has become a very popular dish with many people. Most people I know in Lithuania serve it as a dip or as a spread on a slice of bread. However, in Middle East it is generally considered as a breakfast dish or as an appetizer during dinner. For breakfast humus is served by putting a thin layer of humus on a plate, making a kind of bowl with a spoon, dripping some olive oil and garnishing with tomatoes, peppers, parsley and fried eggs. For dinner eggs are skipped but pickled vegetables can be added. So this is the way I served humus yesterday as I had some guests that originate from the south-east of Turkey. On the plate you can see humus with olive oil, parsley, tomatoes, pickled cucumbers and peppers. Humus is generally eated by simply dipping a piece of bread into a plate. Not the most attractive way of eating, but that gives the authentic touch. And that is what I like most about world cuisines

What we need:

for humus:

300 gr of boiled chickpeas
3 tbsp of tahini ( sesame puree)
1 lemon juice
3-4 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
3-4 tbsp of olive oil

for garnish:

tomatoes
parsley
olive oil
pickled cucumber and some peppers
red pepper flakes ( optional)

What we have to do:

1. Put boiled chickpeas into a blender, pour olive oil, lemon juice and finely blend. Then add salt, pepper, chopped garlic, cumin and tachini. Mix it well.
2. Spread some humus on a plate, garnish with tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, pickles. Enjoy with a piece of bread!!!
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1 comment:

  1. I love this kind of post. I learned something that I had no idea about before reading it here. Thanks for the information.

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