Navratri starts tomorrow. Deven observes a strict fast for the next nine days. By strict, I mean that he survives only on fruits and milk and one light mean a day. This regime continues till 9 days after which he will break his fast on Dusshehra – an Indian festival celebrating victory of good versus evil.
Although I never fast, this period is a period of less eating for me as well. I try to make it a simple fare. This prompted me to celebrate today’s dinner by making something that we are extremely fond of – Hummus. I wanted to make hummus since sooo long but was afraid to try as I have never tried anything so foreign till date. I am not a cook-at-heart. I would rather prefer watching someone else cook and just tasting it :). Yet, here I was…struggling thru the zillion recipes of hummus online to find the easiest one!
So here it is, hummus with pita bread and grilled veggies 🙂
For the Hummus
Chick Peas (Boiled) half a cup
Garlic 2-3 pods
Chopped Parsley/Dried Parsley
Cumin Powder/Chilli Powder
Salt and Pepper
For making Tahini
Sesame Seeds 3tbsp
Salt and Pepper
For grilled Veggies
Tomato, potato and capsicum cut in thick, long strips
Just Like That
To make hummus, first you need to make Tahini. Tahini is sesame paste that is typically used in Greek and middle eastern foods. It is incredibly simple to make and rarely will go wrong!
To make Tahini
- Slightly roast the sesame seeds in a hot pan. Take it out and let it cool.
- In a blender, blend sesame seeds, crushed garlic pods, salt and pepper to make a thin, smooth paste.
- Add a spoon of olive oil and lemon juice and blend again.
- Check the seasoning.
- Add chilli flakes and mix well. Our tahini is ready!
To make hummus
- Boil the chick peas till soft.
- Blend them with garlic and olive oil.
- Sprinkle with cumin powder, add Tahini to the chick pea mixture and mix well.
- Add salt and pepper as required, drizzle with olive oil and serve with pita bread.
To grill vegetables
- Cut tomatoes, potato and capsicum (you may add the red and yellow peppers if you like) in long and thick slits.
- In a bowl, mix the veggies, add olive oil, crushed garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and keep aside for 10 mins.
- In a very very hot pan, add a dash of olive oil and pour in the veggies + the oil marinade.
- Toss them for just two minutes till they get a grilled look and take them out.
To lay them on a plate
Place the pita bread, grilled veggies and hummus on a plate. You may split a pita, place the veggies and hummus and eat it, like I did 🙂 or just dip the pita in hummus like my husband did! either way, you are gonna love it 🙂