You just have to try this one! Homemade Pita bread (recipe coming up sooon!) with a finger lickin’ simple fresh Lemon Mint Basil Hummus Dip. Its easy to make once you have the chickpeas soaked and boiled, and if you can get hold of pre-cooked chickpeas in a can, then its easy peasy. Soaking and boiling the chickpeas takes time but is not difficult to do, so I would classify the recipe under ‘easy’. The timings given below for this recipe are for making hummus with pre-cooked or canned chickpeas.
For soaking and cooking the chickpeas, I always follow Yotam Ottolenghi’s advice of adding baking soda to the chickpeas when they are soaking. This time I had some canned chickpeas so the humus took just minutes to make, and we had the hot homemade pita bread with simple fresh lemon basil hummus and the cherry chutney with mint I had made a few days earlier.
I had planned to also to make a lebnah or a yogurt based dip as well as an olive tapenade, but then decided that the hummus and cherry chutney were more than enough to make a tasty and rather exotic dinner. The lovely basil and the mint were from Lakshmi’s garden which has just started producing its summer bounty.
How to cook chickpeas for the Simple Fresh Lemon Mint Basil Hummus Dip
If you are cooking the chickpeas from scratch (which I would do if I were making this recipe in India), soak the chickpeas overnight with water about twice the volume of the chickpeas. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water in which the chickpeas are going to soak.
Next morning, drain the chickpeas (do not use the water in which it soaked) and cook them for 30-40 minutes, until they are soft and begin to fall apart.
Drain the chickpeas and follow the steps in the recipe below.
This simple fresh Lemon Mint Basil Hummus Dip is great with pita bread and with any flat bread, or as a spread for a sandwich or on quesadilla. Or just as a dip with chips.
If you liked this recipe, you may want to check out some of the other recipes on the blog:
Easy aromatic Homemade Basil Oil
Easy Basil Pesto
Fattoush, the Lebanese Bread Salad