Thursday, 8 December 2011

Hummus


Few years back we went for holiday in Egypt for a month. It was Shyama's and my first trip to the country so we both were really excited. Hans though has been there 5 times and it was his 6 th trip with us, so it was like having our personal guide with us.
The only hotel we had booked was in Cairo and then we said we will decide how many days we will stay in cairo and then from there we will book hotels when we deiced were we want to go.
So we stayed almost a week in cairo and then from there went to Aswan, stayed couple of days and then from there went to other places, ended up in Luxor and stayed there in this hotel over looking Nile for more than a week etc......
I think during this time we ate hummus almost every other day.
One of the best meal we had in Egypt was in Aswan in a small restaurant. It was our first day in the city and we arrived mid morning after a whole night of train journey from cairo and after checking into a hotel etc....it was almost 2 O'clock we decided to have our lunch. So we went in search or a place to eat.

We didn't had to search long, there was this place near to the hotel, we wanted to go in but then I thought it was closed so we were just going to go away and this fellow from the place came out saying we are opend come in come in.
So as we were so hungry we went in, and that was a very local establishment, I didn't see any females I only saw males eating there, we took out place and the thing was they didn't had a menu card, and Hans told the fellow just bring us your local food for 3 people.
Well I have to say they started bringing these platters of food filled with various kind of dishes with meat and vegetable and pulses, heaps of rice and their local bread, when we though it was almost done they brough again other dishes and I was like my god wait till we get the bill we will have a heart attack not from teh abundance of food but seeing the bill.
Well the food was so good and as we were so hungry I have to admit we ate almost everything they brought
I have to admit I was a bit nervous when they brought the bill, but it was not that expensive at all . Normal price :-)
We still talk about that mal and the expirence, it just shows you don't have to go to a very expensive place to enjoy good food, especially when you are in a new country if you want to eat local food just go to the place the local goes you will have a real authentic dishes to enjoy.

200 gm dried chickepea. ( Soak them overnight and then cook in a pressure cooker)
5 to 6 tbsp of thaini paste
2 garlic cloves chopped fine
2 tsp cumin powder
80 ml lemon juice
6 tbsp olive oil
Cayane peper or you can use a bit of chilli powder
Salt to taste
extra olive oil to sprinkl before serving
paprika powder to sprinkle before serving
finley chopped parsley leaves for garnishing

Cook the chickpea after soaking them over night in a pressure cooker.
Drain them ( keep a little bit of the waterl) and cool.
In a food processor puree the chickepea with teh thaini paste,garlic,cumin,lemon juice, oliveoil ,cayanpeper and salt puree it to a smooth thick paste , add the ooking water a little and ( I don't know the correct measurement of water I just add till i get a smooth less thick paste)
Taste and if you think you need more salt or lemon juice add .
Pour this mix into a bowl, sprinkle with oil, paprika powder, parsley and serve with toaste pita bread, slices bagutte etc.....
I made this Hummus ages ago actually the day when I made this Tapenade but till now i has been sitting there waiting for me to post .

28 comments:

Cakelaw said...

Great looking hummus! I am glad the bill was not too bad - your friend took a leap of faith!

Priya said...

Never says no to Hummus, when i had them for the first time,seriously i didnt loved them,but now its one of my fav dip..

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

I love houmous and I'm lucky to have been trained how to made a really mean one by my friend Monique who is lebanese!

Kati said...

I absolutely love hummus! One of my top favorite condiments.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Not sure why I haven't thought of serving hummus with baguettes but that sounds delicious. Also like the use of paprika and parsley to dress it up.

Vrinda said...

Lov hummus..beautiful pics..

Laavanya said...

Oh I love that first picture... and hummus is always a favorite and so healthy too!

Spandana said...

Hummus looks so beautiful :-) I always loved it... even I dream to visit Egypt one day!!

Gloria said...

Wow I love hummus Finla and this look amazing:)

Pavithra said...

My fav dip and spread..absolutely yumm.. Ur first picture makes me drool.

Sushma Mallya said...

What a perfect click finla...looks so delicious with those toasted bread..My fav dip:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Very nicely done and presented.

Cham said...

Local soul food is always comfy and tasty- guess with normal price tag :)
This hummus is very pretty looking!

indosungod said...

Hummus has now become an American food that people eat it everyday here. Yours looks so very good.

We were in Egypt for about 3 months and the best food were usually from small tiny places. We used to stop by a place before going to work for my favorite falafel. I have not tasted falafel that tasty anywhere else.

Sharmilee! :) said...

My fav n healthy dip...looks creamy n yummy

Anh said...

Love this! Hummus is my favourite thing!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I was planning to make this too, sounds yumm and would be great with pita breads!

Marian said...

Hi Finla,
I love it how you put a personal story to your recipes, really special!
Have a nice weekend over there on the other side of Belgium :-)
Marian

Zee said...

Love hummus and your pictures are beautiful!:)

Prathibha said...

I can eat bowls of hummus n chips..yummy

Sonali Pradhan said...

first time in your space...n i absolutely loved it !hummus is one of my favorites ! do visit my space when u hav time :-)

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Sumi said...

Delicious hummus. This is in my to do list for a long time now...Will try this recipe out now :)

Sumi said...

Delicious hummus. This is in my to do list for a long time now...Will try this recipe out now :)

Dewi said...

My husband can eat hummus by itself, and he can eat a lot too. Looks delish Fi!

NiVi said...

I have been trying to find out how to make this recipe for a long time.. thank you.. looks delicious...

sra said...

I love hummus and have had lots of it. I wish I can have Egypt. Your trip sounded fun.

Michigan Food Blog said...

Sounds like a fun trip. I love hummus so much.

Sunshinemom said...

My go to dip! I love hummus, Finla, and yours makes me want some now, with that sourdough bread I saw earlier! Dinner time browsing can be a nightmare!