Monday, November 14, 2011

Hummus & Pita Chips

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LinkAs I mentioned in this post,even I would post only snacks/chaats and appetizers through out my 'Family Food' series other than few exceptions.Here is my first snack for the series,I promise you that I would post few interesting recipes which are quite unique and uncommon.Watch out my next monday recipe which is a quite unique chaat.

Most of my evening tea parties consist of chips and dips, as I feel they are not only easy to make but also easy to serve and gives us time to chit chat more as we munch on them.All the dips can be made in advance and refrigerated until required. If we rest it for more time, the flavors infuse better in them. Even pita chips can be made in advance and stored in air-tight container.
Hummus is a middle eastern dip which is made up of ground chickpeas blended with mild spices to get a smooth,creamy textured dip which is ideal to be served with chips or as a spread for bread toast.
Pita Chips Recipe:
(Serves 2-3)

Ingredients:
3-4 Pita breads
1 tsp mixed Italian herbs
1 tsp Red chili flakes
2-3 tsp Olive oil
Salt to taste

Method:
  • Cut pita bread into 6-8 triangles using a pizza cutter or scissors.
  • Whisk olive oil with herbs,salt and red chili flakes.
  • Arrange the pita bread triangles on a single layer on the baking sheet and brush them with olive oil mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees for 7-8 mins and bake the pita bread for 5-7 mins until they turn red in the edges and crisp.Initially they would be soft when touched immediately it turns crispy after it cools down.Keep an eye on them and take care not to burn them.
Serve them with hummus.

Variations:
  1. You can use wheat pita for healthier option.
  2. You can sprinkle spices like roasted jeera powder or red chili powder or pepper powder or zatar or sumac on pita chips for different flavors.
Hummus Recipe:
(Serves 2-3)

Ingredients:
1 cup Chickpeas,soaked for 12-14 hrs
2 1/2 tbsp Tahini paste(see notes for alternative)
juice of 1 Lemon
2-3 Garlic pods,crushed
4 tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Red chili powder,to sprinkle
Salt to taste
Method:
  • Pressure cook chickpeas with salt for 1 whistles and reduce the flame and cook for 20-25 mins until soft.
  • Cool and drain the water from chickpeas and keep it aside.Reserve 8-10 chickpeas for garnishing and use the remaining ones.
  • Grind chickpeas with garlic pods,lemon juice,olive oil,tahini paste and salt to a fine and smooth paste.
  • Add reserved chickpeas water if necessary while grinding to get the smooth paste but use less water as the lemon juice and oil itself helps in easy grinding.
  • Remove the hummus into a serving bowl and spread using a spatula up to the corners as shown in the photos and pour olive oil in the insertion and sprinkle red chili powder all over and garnish with cooked chickpeas in the center.
Serve it with pita chips/tortilla chips/nachos/vegetable sticks.

Notes:
  • If you do not have tahini paste,slightly warm 2 tbsp white sesame seeds and powder it and add olive oil while grinding.Your instant tahini paste is ready.
  • You can even make hummus to a coarse paste,it is your personal preference to make how you want,I like it smooth.
Variations:
  1. You can sprinkle zatar/sumac instead of red chili powder which gives a different flavor to hummus.
  2. You can make various flavored hummus like roasted red pepper hummus,olive flavored hummus,coriander flavored hummus and mint flavored hummus.
  3. For roasted red pepper hummus,grill the red pepper until charred and remove the skin and seeds and grind the flesh along with hummus until you get a smooth paste.
  4. For olive flavored hummus,grind 5-6 olives along with hummus to a smooth paste.You can use any variety of olives here.
  5. For coriander flavored hummus, grind 1/3 cup chopped coriander along with hummus to a fine paste.
  6. For mint flavored hummus,grind 1/4 cup mint along with hummus to a fine paste.

43 comments:

Uma said...

Looks so tempting and delicious. Hummus on the plate looks like a dosa :) Lovely pics.
Uma@Trendy Relish

Kadhyaa said...

prathy that looks great

Nimi SunilKumar said...

i luuuuuuuuuuuuuv hummus..

Babli said...

Lovely combo. Hummus looks superb, yummy and tempting.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Made for each other combo.....now i am carving for hummus....

Sudha Sabarish said...

Hummus are too tempting.

Priti said...

I wish I can have it ...looks perfect and nice clicks

Pari said...

hi. Love this combination anytime. Zatar and Sumac will surely add more authentic Mediterranean flavors.

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Dolly said...

Thats one good looking Hummus..Its a great snack. Love your instant tahini paste recipe as well. Will try that as I always forget to get the tahini paste from the store.

Sumee said...

Yummy looking hummus.. I love making and doing variations to hummus. Do try my version and let me know if u like it. :o)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

I love hummus and yours look so delicious.

Spandana said...

Yummm... Delicious Hummus... I love this... i wonder why I never made.. I should keep this in bookmarked recipes.

Priya's Feast said...

Nice combo of creamy hummus and pita bread

Divya Vikram said...

Love making hummus at home. Looks beautifully garnished!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

i was looking for hummus recipe from long time thx for posting this..nice

Raji said...

hummus is a regular in my kitchen..we all love it. The presentation is lovely.

San said...

Perfect for an evening snack. Hummus with pita chips mmm mmm mmm. I can munch around irrespective of the counts.

Asiya said...

Looks amazing! Love hummus! Pita chips look great...I just posted a pita chips recipe on my blog too!

Priya said...

Feel like grabbing that whole bowl and having rite now,just love both hummus & chips..

Neha said...

Lovely recipes...Very yummy...

divya said...

looks delicious... fabulous recipe..

aipi said...

An all time fav ~ love the texture of hummus n the homemade chips look sensational!
USMasala

Swathi said...

Very tasty hummus, i am a fan of it.

Priyanka Agrawal said...

naiice. looks like it has a slight indian touch too frm pics :)

saffronstreaks said...

I love hummus in all its flavour and with pita chips..a winning combo all the way..too tempting

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow home made hummus are the best i can bet,lovely cliks...

Sum said...

This look soooo tempting! Pictures and presentation is so neat!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I too have been thinking of trying this combo for a while now! Looks very tempting!

Neetz said...

love it!! super duper like!!!!!

Prathima Rao said...

This looks so tempting Prathy... And thats a nice set of variations u have given.. :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Chitra said...

It looks mouthwatering.. I've heard abt this but never seen or tried. :) Nice post. waiting for ur monday post :)

anthony stemke said...

I love hummus and this one is grand. I also appreciate the variations.

Char said...

hi prathy! u have a really nice blog here..
your pita chips look nice and crisp,did u make them ?or where did u pick em up? your hummus looks great and professionally made!!! where in bombay are you based .im from bombay as well

DEESHA said...

Wow lovely .. I love hummus ,, homemade pita chips are jjust superb

Sushma Mallya said...

Love those chips and hummus is oneofmy fav dips....looks delicious!

Prathibha said...

@Char...Glad to know that u r from mumbai too..I stay near Parel..how abt u? and regarding those pita chips I picked up the pita bread from palladium,phoenix and made the pita chips at home...

Char said...

Im goin to make the hummus for a party:) i live at goregaon...prathy can u tell me where can i get phyllo sheets in mumbai???im goin mad lookin for them

Prathibha said...

@char...I saw phyllo sheets in godrej nature's basket in Mahalaxmi,they costed a bomb..so never thought of buying it..y dont u try in hypercity..I m sure they must be having them..:)

Shireen Sequeira said...

Hummus is my all time favourite Prathiba! I see you have a lovely collection of other Mediterranean recipes as well! Would love to try them :)

Surekha said...

Yumm Prathibha, they look very appetizing...great pics !!

pita chips said...

I love this recipe so easy & yummy perfect for this weather. Thank you

Sanky said...

Hi,
I just started following your blog. I was looking for Hummus recipe and I stumbled on your blog. I have been hunting for tahini paste all over Bangalore but haven't found it. So I decided to make it at home. I was just wondering which brand extra virgin olive oil do use normally? Appreciate your suggestion.

Best Regards,
Sankar

prathibha Garre said...

@sankar ...I use either Leonardo or Borges brand Extra virgin olive oil

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