The word, “hummus” is Arabic for chickpea also marking its area of origin. It dates back 7,000 years to Egypt, spreading rapidly to Greece and Syria and throughout the Middle East. As countries outside the Middle East discover hummus, local flavorings are apt to appear in it.
Basic hummus is an ancient mixture of mashed chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. The dominance of its ingredients varies from country to country, culture to culture. It is served as a dip for bread, crackers and vegetables. As a condiment, it works well in sandwiches and as an accompaniment to meats. Because Hummus is made from legumes, it is a healthy alternative and it can be very filling.
Here’s Melissa’s Hummus Recipe: