My Hummus Recipe is one of the most popular items ordered from Ankita’s. Hummus is a great snack, and is delicious served alongside pita bread or veggies, but also makes a wonderful salad topper or sandwich spread.
The Health Benefits of Hummus
Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern dish, but has swept the globe in recent years in growing popularity.
Not only is it delicious, it is full of of health boosting ingredients, making it a popular option for a range of dietary needs.
Chickpeas are a great source of plant based proteins. In addition, pairing chickpeas with sesame seeds or whole grains, such as a whole wheat pita bread, creates a complete protein, meaning all essential amino acids are found in this tasty spread.
The combination of olive oil, garlic and chickpeas give this spread powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Lowering inflammation in the body can reduce the symptoms of many conditions, such as arthritis and auto immune disorders, but also helps prevent diabetes and heart disease.
How to Make Ankita’s Famous Hummus Recipe
Ankita's Famous Hummus
This delicious chickpea dip is made around the world in many different flavor combinations. This simple recipe is Ankita's special blend, made extra creamy with the addition of yogurt.
- 1 cup chickpeas dry
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 star anise
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup yogurt full fat
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds toasted
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- sea salt to taste
- olive oil and smoked paprika to garnish
Soak chickpeas overnight. The next day (or 8 hours later), drain, rinse, and add to a pot with 2 inches of water above the chickpeas. Add star anise, bay leaves, and sea salt to the pot. Boil the chickpeas on medium low heat for 1 1/2 hours, or long enough for the chickpeas to become tender and creamy.
For best results, allow the chickpeas to sit in the hot water for 30 minutes after removing from heat, prior to draining.
While the chickpeas are still warm, drain and rinse, and add them to a food processor with olive oil, yogurt, sesame seeds, lemon juice and smoked paprika. Use a micro planer to shave garlic (or very finely mince). Blend until very smooth, adding more olive oil or yogurt until desired consistency.
Taste the hummus, and add sea salt or addition lemon to taste.
Serve with a variety of chopped vegetables, whole wheat pita bread, or tortilla chips. Hummus also makes a delicious sandwich spread or salad topper.