I created this Black Hummus, a visual delight from some black chickpeas I happened upon out shopping recently. A little smaller than regular chickpeas, I was intrigued! After a little research, I discovered they're essentially the same as Channa Dal that I use in Indian dishes all the time - just the whole version. They still had me intrigued, so I decided to make one of my favourite things to eat of all time. Hummus!!
Fresh Hummus - the perfect friend for dinner
I'd been planning a Middle Eastern spread for the weekend and imagined these black chickpeas would make for a good looking hummus. As it happens they taste the same as regular chickpeas but I think the visual appeal of them is undeniable and much sexier than the beige of a straightforward hummus.
The black hummus is nutty, creamy and very addictive! We started the evening off dipping with flatbreads alongside a splendid Turkish Carrot Salad and moved on to accompany the marvellous Cypriot Sheftalia I'd grilled to perfection.
Serving suggestions and other dishes to serve with hummus
Hummus works as a side dish to other Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes. It's right at home alongside a Turkish chopped salad, a Moroccan Carrot Salad, a wonderful Beetroot & Feta Salad with fresh herb Herb Dressing or a creamy garlicky yoghurt sauce. What a tasty combination of flavours that makes for. Don't just relegate hummus to a dip for chips... it has so much more to offer!
This recipe is also one of my Best Dips in the Cook Eat World - go find out which others are on the list