I suddenly hade a craving for some middle eastern food, so I decided to make some! Pita and hummus the classic combination turned out to be actually quite easy to make! It’s easy, delicious and a healthy and quick snack to serve 🙂
I first made the bread because it needs time to rise. For the pita you need:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup wholewheat flour
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh yeast (If you have dry yeast, you can use this site to see any conversions Yeast converter )
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix the yeast and honey in the water and leave aside for 10-15 minutes.
In a bowl mix the two types of flour and salt and make a well in the center. Add the yeast water and slowly bring it in with a wooden spoon. when mixed properly, knead on a floured surface till smooth (It may be a little sticky). Put some olive oil in a bowl and and put the dough in it (Turn once so that whole dough is covered with oil). Cover bowl with damp cloth and leave to rise till the dough has doubled in size (about 1-1.5 hours).
When the dough has doubled, roll it into a rope and cut out 6-7 equal pieces and again leave to rise on a floured surface for about 10-15 minutes.
Grease a baking tray and put it in a preheated 270 C oven.
Then roll into 1/4 inch deep rounds (keep the dough thick otherwise the pita will will not have two proper layers) Do not thin it, let it be thick.
Put the rounds (one or two at a time, depending on the size of the oven and baking tray) on the baking tray in the oven.
After some time, it will start to puff up.
After it has browned a little take it out of the oven. (If the bottom is not cooked turn it and wait for 1-2 minutes till even the bottom has browned.)
Serve hot with hummus. It also tastes awesome with butter.
For this you need:
Ok so for hummus, you need tahini- a sesame paste. But since I didn’t have that I used roasted sesame and vinegar. If you do, this recipe takes 1 1/2 tablespoon tahini instead of the sesame and vinegar.
2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
2 cups of garbanzo beans or chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 tablespoons lemon juice (If you like it more tangy, you can add more)
2 tablespoon sesame seeds, slightly roasted on a pan
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 cup water from cooked or canned chickpeas (1st step)
Soak the chickpeas overnight and pressure cook till soft (using minimum amount of water, for cooking you can use the water they have been soaked in). You can also use pre-cooked canned chickpeas instead.
Blend all ingredients except chickpea water together. If it is still not smooth, you can add a little more water not too much). Add chickpea water and blend again till you get a smooth paste.
While serving and storing, add some olive oil on top, otherwise it may taste dry. The olive oil also lends to the taste and while storing does not let it go bad.
Serve with pita bread.
OH THE HEAVENLY COMBINATION! 🙂