Houmous? Or Hummus?
Hummus or houmous (as we like to spell it) is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. It is popular throughout the Middle East and in Middle-Eastern cuisine around the globe.
The star ingredient, chickpeas ,are incredibly good for you; high in protein and fibre with more than ten micronutrients, including a chunky amount of mineral copper, keeping our hair and skin nice and healthy. What more could you ask for when it comes to this great, nutritious snack? Oh, and it’s only 170 calories for 100 grams.
How do you spell it? Spelling of the word houmous in English can be inconsistent. “Hummus” is the most common spelling in both America and British English, however “houmous” is also listed as a less common spelling in some UK dictionaries.
Houmous tends to be an appetizer and dip and scooped with flatbread or pitta breads. It is also commonly served as part of a mezze or as an accompaniment to falafel. Did you know houmous is a common part of an everyday meal in Israel? A reason for this popularity is that it is made from ingredients that, following Jewish dietary laws can be combined with both meat and dairy meals. (Israel even have houmous only restaurants and is regarded as a national food!)
Houmous has also been a staple food for the Palestinians – often served warm with bread for breakfast! All of the ingredients for houmous are easily found in Palestinian gardens, farms and markets, thus adding to the availability and popularity.
Houmous? A World Record Breaker… In May 2010, the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of houmous in world was rewarded to Lebanon. The winning dish was cooked by 300 chefs and weighed approx. 10450kg (that’s 23,000 pounds!)