Hummus, the healthy snack
Chickpeas are low in calories but very nutritious. They contain slow carbohydrates that make you feel full for a long time. Hummus on a cracker is perfect when you're craving a snack between meals.
Basic recipe for hummus
Put 250 g dried chickpeas and ½ tsp baking powder* in a bowl. Add cold water until the chickpeas are well covered and leave to steep for 1 night. Drain the chickpeas, put them in a pan, and add fresh water until they are covered by about an inch. Add ½ tsp baking powder and bring to boil. Boil gently for 1 hour until the chickpeas are soft. Keep 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the rest. Peel 1 large clove of garlic and chop it very finely, together with some salt. Put the chickpeas and the salty garlic plus 4tbsp white tahini in a blender and blend into a smooth mass. Add 3tbsp of the cooking water, or as much as you need for a nice soft hummus; it has to keep a little of its firmness. Season with lemon or lime juice and a little extra tahini and salt to taste. Put the hummus in a nice bowl and drizzle on 2tbsp fresh olive oil. Sprinkle on some roast cumin seeds and some za'atar, a mix of dried herbs with oregano, thyme, sesame and pepper, among other things. Tastes great with toasted pita bread and crudités, on whole-wheat pizza, bread, as a basis for a vinaigrette, in soups, with roast vegetables or with almost any kind of salad.
* Baking powder speeds up the cooking and softening process
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Photography by Marcel van Driel