Ask any Israeli to point out one thing that embodies ‘Israeliness’. Chances are nine out 10 will say ‘hummus’. What is it about that pale chickpea paste that is eaten everywhere, anytime, that evokes passionate discussions and fan clubs and embodies Israel?
Land of hummus and pita
In any case, chickpeas were prepared and eaten in many different forms thousands of years ago in Asia and the Fertile Crescent region, the Mediterranean and ancient Egypt. The pale spread is only one of the many dishes based on this wonderful legume.
Hummus with pita bread and veggies…..mmmmmmmmm.
What is it y’all say?
Ah…….it’s a creamy puree of chickpeas and tahini, which is sesame seed paste.. seasoned with lemon juice, spices and garlic.
You may want to try some falafel which happens to be the second most common dish made of chickpeas.
Middle Easterners just luv thier chickpeas. Both chickpeas and sesame seeds are incredibly healthy so hummus is a nutritionist’s dream come true.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein, potassium and fiber. Sesame seeds are a source of protein, along with vitamin E, which we know is a powerful antioxidant. Combine them together into hummus, and you’ve got one healthy dip!
Don’t feel much like making it yourself?..You can buy it in the deli section of most grocery stores.
Trust me ..it’s yum.
Sooo…What are your favorite dips my friends?
And I don’t mean the kind ya do in dance class. Grinz.
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