Healthy Hummus Ayurvedic Recipe With Sesame Seed Oil

This healthy hummus Ayurvedic recipe with sesame seed oil not only tastes amazing but is extremely nourishing, especially when it comes to the Ayurvedic diet.

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are extremely healthy for the heart.

They are an excellent source of folate, magnesium and fiber.

When preparing this Ayurvedic hummus recipe, stay away from using canned chickpeas which often contain toxins and have  much less nutrients .

In fact, anything canned is void of vital energy or prana making it less healthy for the mind and body. Take the time to buy dry chickpeas, organic if possible, and cook them yourself.

Just like soaking any other beans, soaking chickpeas reduces the cooking time and makes them a lot easier to digest.

The healing and healthy spices used in this Ayurvedic recipe tastes great and the sesame tahini or sesame seeds adds more nutritional value.

Prep time: 10 min Active cooking time for chick peas: 30 – 40 min (15 min in pressure cooker) Total time to make: 40  -50min

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

• 2 cup of cooked chickpeas

• 1 teaspoon of raw sesame tahini or

• 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

• 3 tablespoons of sesame seed oil

• 2 to 3 tablespoons of warm water, more as needed

• 1 teaspoon of grounded cumin seeds

• 1 teaspoon of grounded coriander seeds

• 1 teaspoon of rock salt

• 1 tablespoon of fresh minced garlic (2 – 3 garlic cloves)*optional

• A pinch of hing or asafoetida

• Juice from 1 freshly squeezed lemon or lime

• 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley

* use organic ingredients and filtered water if possible

Preparation & Cooking Procedure:

1. Wash 1 and a half cups of dried chickpeas and place in a bowl.

2. Add 3 to 4 cups water and put the bowl in the fridge. Soak for 12 hours or continue to soak them for a day or two before you are ready to cook them. *They can stay soaked in the fridge for 3 to 4 days even if I don’t use them immediately

3. Cook the soaked chickpeas thoroughly – see methods below using stoves top or pressure cooker

4. Put the cooked chickpeas and all the other ingredients with the exception of the parsley in a blender or food processor and blend until a rich, smooth texture is reached.

5. Serve and garnish with the parsley and some extra fresh lime or lemon.

How to Cook chickpeas in a pot on the stove

1. Place the soaked chickpeas along with the water they were soaked in a large pot.

2. Add an extra 1 or 2 cups of water if necessary. The water should cover the chickpeas.

3. Bring the pot to boil, reduce the heat and continue boiling on low to medium heat until the chickpeas are cooked soft to your liking.

4. Cooking time will range from 30- 40 minutes from the time water starts boiling.

How to Cook chickpeas in the pressure cooker

1. Place the chickpeas and water in the pressure cooker and add more water if needed.

2. After the pressure has reached highest, reduce the heat a to low and cook for 20 – 30 minutes until soft.

The Ayurvedic Diet

Chickpeas are an excellent food to incorporate in your Ayurvedic diet. They are generally good for all doshas in moderation.

The ingredients in this recipe may have a heating quality for your Ayurvedic diet, so if you are feeling a little agitated (excess Pitta or Vata) then omit the garlic and consume this hummus in moderation.

image courtesy of Marju Randmur

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