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Vitamix Hummus (Vegan + Gluten Free)

September 22, 2016
Vitamix Hummus (Vegan + Gluten Free)
Vitamix Hummus  (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Hummus, a Middle Eastern dip which has taken over the world. It’s easy to make, is filling, are Vegan and Gluten free. Add to that; it’s a handy option to entertain as well.

It was when I first moved to Toronto in 2004; I had tried Hummus. My keen interest in recipes helped me narrow down all the ingredients but Tahini. A friend of mine helped me understand what was missing.

 

Garlic, Jalapeno, and Chickpeas!

Garlic, Jalapeno, and Chickpeas!

Did you know: Chickpeas are a good source of protein and are packed with nutritional values including calcium,vitamin B6, iron and magnesium.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas – the star of the show.

Gadgets you would need:

  • Vitamix or any Food Processor (I made mine with Vitamix, hence the blog title)
  • Lime squeezer
  • Platter
  • Spoon
  • Strainer
Lime squeezer

Lime squeezer.

Note: Till now I usually used my Kitchen Aid food processor, as I like textured hummus. But lately I have started loving the silky smooth pureed vitamix hummus.

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 1 cup drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas or garbanzo beans (reserve water)
  • 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp dried or 1 tsp fresh oregano (optional)
  • One tsp fresh thyme (optional)
  • Lime juice (squeezed one lime) or to taste
  • One jalapeno (half if you like it less spicy)
  • 1-2 tsp ground smoked cumin and paprika to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Garnish:

  • Paprika
  • Couple pinch of sumac
  • Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • Few strands of parsley

Tip 1: Use fresh herbs like thyme and oregano.

Garlic, Chickpeas, Jalapeno, and Lime

Garlic, Chickpeas, Jalapeno, and Lime.

Lime, Garlic, and Baby Tomatoes - food photography

Lime, Garlic, and Baby Tomatoes – food photography.


Veggie platter ingredients (optional):

  • Cut following into strips to serve:
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 pink lady apple or any of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of baby carrot
  • 1 cup baby tomato
  • 1/2 cup of bread or pita or laffa

Tip 2: If not using canned chickpeas:

  • Soak chickpeas at least for 6-8 hours.
  • Add soaked chickpeas and water to the pressure cooker.
  • Follow the manufacturers recommendation for the water level, I ususally use enough water to submerge chickpease and bit more. But not more than half the pressure cooker.
  • Add salt to enhence the flavour.
  • Pressure cook it to 6-7 whistles.
  • Let it cool enough to open, as the steam could burn you bad.
Well-cooked and drained Chickpeas!

Well-cooked and drained Chickpeas!

Preparation:
  • Add the reserved water to Vitamix. It helps to make smooth and consistent hummus.
  • To that add the chickpeas along with all the ingredients listed.
  • Lastly, blend.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste. Ta-Daa! Vitamix Hummus is ready to serve.
Vitamix + Ingredients

Vitamix + Ingredients.

Hummus

Hummus!

Tip 3: If you can get hands on to laffa bread it’s Yum! I like it better than Pita. I am planning to bring the recipe your way soon from the Kitchen Stories.

Tip 4: Serve the platter of hummus drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle of paprika, sumac and some fresh parsely to garnish.

 Veggies, Hummus Platter; Food Photography!

Veggies, Hummus Platter; Food Photography!

 

My personal favourite way to enjoy Hummus is with the veggie platter. But it’s very versatile, I have tried eating hummus with some combination. Check the options below:

  • Mediterranean sandwich.
  • Hummus Pizza with roasted zucchini, onion, eggplant and carrots, can use feta or goat cheese if available.
  • I want to try hummus eggplant lasagna or cannelloni (sounds interesting) with tomato sauce and feta or goat cheese, baked to sizzle.

Please do share how do you choose to eat your hummus.

Few of the restaurants I often go to enjoy middle eastern food in Toronto are listed below. Both has sat down and take away facility.

There are few more to try will keep you posted as I get to try those.

When visiting Istanbul in spring of 2016, I devoured hummus in many restaurants and soaking in the culture. It was exquisite!

Useful details:
  • Vitamix – Professional Series 750: Williams-Sonoma
  • Grocery: Loblaws, Longos and Valley Farm Produce around the corner to my residence
  • Linen: Kaibelle
  • Camera: Nikon D5300

This is not a sponsored post.

Hope you had enjoyed the food photography and reading through the recipe.

Thank you for reading.

xo,

Nidhi

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