Step by step recipe
Cook the chickpeas in a saucepan with a pinch of salt for 1 hour.
Drain the chickpeas, reserving a cup of the water used during cooking.
Blend the chickpeas with the help of a blender together with the glass of the cooking water until a homogeneous puree is created.
Add the tahini, the peeled and crushed garlic clove, the lemon juice, and the tablespoon of salt. Mix for 3-5 minutes with a fork until a smooth consistency.
Place on a serving plate, and create a hole in the center of the hummus.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Garnish with the parsley.
Serve with fresh pita bread and enjoy.
The Arabic chickpea cream is one of the most popular dishes of the Arab gastronomy. Also known as Hummus, this dish is a chickpea puree with lemon juice that is usually served as an appetizer along with toasted pita bread. Hummus is one of the oldest dishes in Middle Eastern cuisine whose origin is believed to be in ancient Egypt. Also, as a curiosity, hummus means ‘chickpea’ in Arabic, the main ingredient of this delicious Arabic cream suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets.
Before starting with the preparation of this delicious Arabic cream recipe, it is necessary to soak the chickpeas for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 12 hours. To do this, we put the chickpeas in a bowl with water to cover them and leave them at room temperature, this will make their subsequent cooking easier and they are more tender. Once we have soaked the chickpeas we can start making our hummus.
The first thing to do is cook the chickpeas in a saucepan with plenty of water and a pinch of salt for 1 hour, it is important to keep an eye on it because they may be ready before. Once we have the chickpeas, fill a glass with the water that has resulted from their cooking and discard the rest to be able to drain the chickpeas very well with the help of a colander. Next, we place the chickpeas in a fairly large and deep container to crush them together with the reserved cooking water with the help of a blender. When we obtain a homogeneous mixture with a texture similar to that of a cream, we add the tahini, the peeled and crushed garlic clove, the lemon juice, and a tablespoon of salt and mix for 3-5 minutes with the help of a fork until it is a smooth consistency.
When we have the hummus ready, we only have to plate it, we can put all the hummus on a plate or distribute it in 4. In any case, we put the chickpea cream in the center and make a small hole in the center in which we add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle it with a little parsley. Optionally, we can toast some pita bread to accompany the hummus. Now we only have to serve our delicious Arabic chickpea cream and enjoy it in the company of friends and family. If by any chance, we have some hummus leftover, we can keep it in the fridge for a few days. For this, we introduce the hummus that we have leftover in a Tupper with a little oil so that it does not dry out and we close it very well, in this way it can be kept in the fridge for a maximum of 6 days.