Possibly one of the most well-loved dishes to ever come out of the Middle East, this dip made from cooked and mashed chickpeas, and blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic, is an absolute classic and a staple of many a dinner table both in this region and beyond. Indeed, it’s not just our part of the world that’s in love with hummus – the rest of the world is also enamoured with this dip, and for good reason. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s nutritious, it’s great for weight-loss, it stores well, it’s super convenient, and it can be eaten during pretty much any meal. What’s not to love?
How do you use it?
Hummus purists may like to only stick with the original chickpea version, only mixing it up with the toppings (on its own, slathered in olive oil and lemon juice, topped with cooked meat or pine nuts), but new-age hummus lovers or those seeking something a bit different will love the variety of creative modern options out there, from avocado to beetroot hummus – all of which can be found at Spinneys of course. While they’re delicious eaten with breads (from pita breads to flatbreads, rotis, breadsticks, and more – you name it, we’ve probably tried it!), or for a healthier take, celery sticks, cucumbers, and carrots, there are plenty of other great ways to use hummus too. Mix it into burger patties (both veggie and non veggie options) to give them a boost, swirl it onto sliced boiled eggs as a canape, blend it into sauces and dressings to be used with dishes such as noodles, pasta, or salads, or smear it onto flatbread before loading up with toppings and serving like pizza. We also like it rolled into wraps, used as a sauce (drizzled or for dipping) with chicken, smeared into a sandwich (try it with lettuce and roast beef), or with roast or baked fish. You can even get super-creative by trying your hand at making hummus-flavoured ice cream.
With the food being so healthy and versatile – not to mention tasty – it’s no wonder that many regions, from the Middle East to the Mediterranean, have been arguing over where hummus originates from. Wherever that is, it does date as far back as the 13th century – and it’s also even been said to contain aphrodisiac properties.