According to several historical sources, the earliest mention of hummus dates back to Egypt in the 13th century. Chickpeas were abundant in the fertile regions of the Middle East and commonly eaten. In fact, the word hummus means chickpea in Arabic.
Chickpeas are a vegetable that have been cultivated throughout the Middle East and India for thousands of years. Some sources say that they were growing in the gardens of Babylon.
Many regions around the world claim to be the place where hummus originated. The fact is, that because hummus has been around for so long, and in so many different variations, the exact origin has been lost in antiquity. Several cuisine-related sources speak of a folklore tale in which hummus is described as one of the oldest known prepared foods. Others speak of a legend that hummus was first prepared in the 12th century by Saladin, however this claim is highly disputed. Still the debate is always on about Hummus is originally a Lebanon or a Greek. Let’s savour it forgetting all debates.
1 cup chickpeas boiled with salt
2 tbsp tahini or roasted sesame seeds
1 lime juice
2 heads of garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander or chilli flakes and olive oil for garnish
Put sesame seeds in a mixture/chutney jar & squeeze the lime juice. Grind it to a coarse paste.
Add garlic, chickpeas & olive oil. Process until smooth. Add salt & chickpeas water if required. Remove this to a bowl.
Drizzle it with olive oil & chopped coriander or chilli flakes.
Serve with nachos or baked potato chips or pita bread or with some savoury pancakes.