As someone who loves a good meal, cooking one, came to me as a natural passion. I belong to a family where meal times consisted of not just food, but also noisy conversation centered around the events of the day and discussing the menu for the next. (ah yes, we are a greedy lot! )

For the most part of my life so far, my contribution in the kitchen was assisting mom and my duties were limited, to chopping veggies and laying the table. Then along came the great Indian wedding, and I was suddenly the queen of my very own kingdom. My curiosity about this magical world, coupled with an enthusiastic sous-chef (my husband, Vineet), led me to take on the challenge of preparing meals on a daily basis, and not succumbing to the convenience of hiring a cook.

This blog is a product of my experiments with food (not all are life threatening :D) for my fellow culinary enthusiasts - especially the newly weds and hungry bachelors and is dedicated to the women who've inspired me in the kitchen;
Aji (s),Ma and Nigella Lawson.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Crudites with Home-made Hummus

So here goes Part-2 of our super-healthy Saturday night dinner :)

Ingredients for Hummus:
1 cup Chickpeas (chole seeds), soaked for 4-6 hours
2 tbsp Extra-virgin Olive oil + 2 tbsp for drizzling
2 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tsp Cumin powder (jeera)
1 tsp Red Chilli powder

1.) Pressure cook the soaked Chickpeas with 2 cups of water for 2 whistles, till they're cooked and soft but not mashed. Discard the water and allow them to cool.
2.) Put the cooked chickpeas in a blender/mixer along with all the other ingredients.
3.) Whirrr away at the mixer, till its a nice thick paste-like consistency (see photo :)
4.) Serve along with sliced Carrots, Celery & Cucumbers. Eat up!

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