Thursday, 4 September 2014

Wallnut Hummus



Dark Seductive & Mysterious walnuts are the oldest known food tree and supposed to have originated from Persia where they were served to Royalty - Hence the name The Royal Nut ! This delicious hummus is a part of Israeli breakfast quite often and in my opinion far better tasting than the commonly known version of Hummus.Most walnut hummus don't use tahini - I have added some to suit my palate - you can happily leave it out.

1 Cup Chickpeas - Soak in abundance of water overnight , discard water , add  1 cup fresh water - pressure cook for 3-4 whistles , drain.
1/2 Cup Walnuts - Roast 3-4 minutes , cool , crush and set aside.
3-5 Cloves Garlic.
3-5 Green Chilies /Cayenne Pepper.
2 Tablespoons Tahini Paste.
60-80 Ml Lemon Juice.
60 Ml Extra Virgin Olive oil.
6 Tablespoons Iced Water
Salt
Take chickpeas , half of the walnuts along with garlic chilies tahini paste and lemon juice. Blend to a paste . Add iced water towards the end to help lighten up the emulsion. Now stir in the balance walnuts and allow humus to rest for 30 minutes for flavors and textures to develop.Adjust flavors to taste . When ready to serve ( at room temperature ) sprinkle olive oil on top and kind of cut it in.
This little known dark and seductive walnut hummus is amazing to taste.
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