Updated: Mar 3
I once visited Israel, Tel Aviv to be precise and I remember the variety of hummus they had in offer. The food there is just amazing, you really should try to visit some day just for that.
I believe there is some uncertainty of it's true origin, Israel or Palestine. Please come forward if you know, it's always good to learn from each other. Or keep reading and I'll tell you all about it.
Anyway I never tasted beetroot hummus until I experimented with it myself here back home.
I only made it twice so far, this time I got it just right. It's time to share it with you.
Usually I look into some recipes online, or go trough the many cookbooks I've been carrying from haven to haven. Then I experiment with what I've picked up and add my personal touch. Somehow I manage most of the time, though sometimes I get it completely wrong. However I always see it as an experience and make up for it the next time.
For example with this beetroot hummus I used raw beetroot instead of the one you find precooked in the supermarket. It might be the reason for it's particular color.
Ingredients I used:
* 400g chickpeas from a jar
* 2 raw beetroots
* Juice of 1 lime
* 2 garlic cloves
* 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
* A handful walnuts
* 2 tbsp tahini
* A handful fresh dill
* 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
* Salt and pepper
I added all the ingredients into my food processor and mixed till smooth.
I kept it overnight in the fridge as I believe the next day these recipes tent to taste much more intense and that is exactly what occurred.
While serving it's important to add some paprika powder, more of that olive oil, some extra walnuts (for decoration) and some mixed seeds. I prefer to dip with some warm homemade bread, celery or carrots. What about serving with homemade falafel, something I wanted to try for a while now. I'll get to that in a future post.
So,...Is hummus from Israel?
If you'd tell a Syrian, a Palestinian or an Israeli Arab, that hummus is an Israely dish, they will probably laugh at your face. After all, hummus is eaten all over the middle-east, and is a part of most traditional Arab cuisines. Also, hummus is considered an ancient food, and Israel only exists since 1948.