Here's how the American Heritage Dictionary defines hummus:
|hum·mus also hum·us or hom·mos|
|n. A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic used especially as a dip for pita.|
Definitely not the stuff you use for gardening! The definition, however, does not do justice to the fantastic taste that has made this dip a staple of the Middle Eastern diet, and has caused its rapid proliferation around the world in the last 30 years or so.
Nowadays, you can get prepared hummus in many supermarkets. However, the taste of these prepared dips pales when compared to home-made hummus, which is very easy to make, and obviously comes without all the chemicals, preservatives and what not (shudder).
It's very easy to make hummus yourself, and requires little more than boiling and blending - and when you make it yourself, you can even make an organic hummus dip.
There are two ways to make a humus dip. Both require that you
prepare the chickpea paste beforehand. There's the easy way, and
there's the easier way.
If you're going for the easier way (i.e. using
canned humus rather than preparing the chickpeas yourself), then you
don't need my 'how to' article. Just skip directly to this great humus
recipe. However, as we all know, canned food can never compare to the
The next time you find yourself wondering just what is hummus, use this easy 'how-to' to have a go at this authentic recipe for hummus (Remember, this is not a hummus dip recipe - just the chickpea paste. Click here for my top secret hummus recipe):
What is hummus, you ask?
You're chickpea paste is ready. Now, head on to my best hummus recipe.