If you’ve had your fair share of chips and dip, then you’re no stranger to hummus.
It’s my personal favorite dip to make at home because it’s super easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious.
Before we can go into detail about what it is made out of and how you can serve it, let’s take a look at what it is and where it originally came from.
What Is Hummus?
Hummus is a creamy spread or dip that’s known all over the world as an ancient food that used to be a part of the Middle Eastern diet.
It can be dated back to the 13th century. The original recipe didn’t contain tahini and included other nuts, but today, it has undergone many variations and enjoyed all over the world.
What are the different types of hummus?
There are quite a few varieties of hummus to choose. While originally we had the traditional hummus as we have covered, there are now a lot of creative ingredients for hummus such as these varieties listed below.
- Chocolate Hummus
- Classic Hummus with tahini
- Zucchini hummus
- Spicy hummus
- Roasted red pepper hummus
- Black bean hummus
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Is It a Greek Food?
There’s a longstanding argument about the origin of hummus. Some people claim that it’s Greek food, while Arabs believe that Hummus used to be a part of the Middle Eastern diet and claim it as their own.
The truth is that no one really knows where the recipe for hummus first got invented, but historical data shows that it can be traced back to Egypt.
The reason why it’s mistaken as a Greek food could be that there’s a history of trade between Greek and Egypt and many foods were crossed over.
That’s also probably why both of their cuisines are quite similar. A dessert that goes by the name of Baklava is a great example of this. It’s a Greek specialty that’s also quite popular in Middle Eastern cuisine.
But it truly doesn’t matter where hummus got its origin.
It’s a delicious and healthy dip that should be enjoyed by everyone across the globe.
What Is Hummus Made From?
The number one ingredient that comes to mind when you think of hummus is chickpeas. Even the word hummus means ‘chickpea’ in Arabic.
It is simply a spread made out of chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and tahini (a condiment made out of ground hulled sesame).
Some people may add other ingredients like pine nuts and red pepper to enhance the flavor. It’s packed full of nutrients and can be used as a healthy alternative for mayonnaise.
It’s also a huge part of vegan and vegetarian diets.
Hummus that’s made the traditional way is gluten-free. But variations exist out there that may not be 100% gluten-free so you need to do your research before buying it from the store.
Make sure there’s a gluten-free label on it.
If you don’t wish to take any chances, then you can simply make it at home.
Homemade hummus, according to popular belief, tastes a lot better than the store-bought version, because the ingredients are fresh and you can measure the quantities according to your preference.
If you have a gluten allergy, then you should eat hummus with gluten-free bread or crackers. You can also use it as a dip for baby carrots and grilled vegetables.
How to Serve Hummus
Hummus is easily the healthiest alternative for ranch and mayonnaise. While most people enjoy it with pita bread and crackers, there are many other ways you can serve it and get the most out of it.
We also cover what to eat with hummus in more depth.
Here are some of my favorite ways to serve hummus:
- As a spread on a slice of sourdough bread.
- As a condiment in your favorite chicken sandwich. Instead of adding mayonnaise or mustard, you can add hummus to truly boost the flavor.
- Instead of using sour cream in your recipe of mashed potatoes, you can add hummus to enjoy a rich and creamier texture.
- As a healthy salad dressing.
- As a dip with falafel.
- By the spoonful. Instead of digging into a jar of Nutella in the dark hours of the night, you should try eating hummus to quell your late-night cravings. It’s a healthy option and tastes delicious.
Now that you’ve learned all these facts about hummus, feel free to make your own at home and enjoy it with carrots and roasted vegetables throughout the day.
If you’re willing to go the extra mile to incorporate hummus in your diet, then you can try making devilled eggs and mixing it into the egg yolks instead of mustard or mayonnaise.