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Vegan homemade hummus & artichokes leaves

Vegan homemade hummus & artichokes leaves

Artichokes… One of my favourite vegetables and surprisingly for me, so unfamous. It take its origin from the Mediterranean region, which is probably why it is so common to me who was born and raised 10 min from the Mediterranean sea, and unknown to almost everyone I met along my travels. I always get excited when I see some at the markets (which is quite rare and always very pricey) and people give me weird look like if I was crazy, but it’s only because they don’t know! They don’t know how good are artichokes for you, it’s full of nutrients and antioxidant. I love the taste and they’re so easy to prepare. So because I don’t find them very often, when I buy some, I try to make the most out of them. For example with the last ones I bought, I used the leaves to dip in my homemade hummus and the hearts to add to my vegan gluten free pizza.

To cook them, nothing easier, just steam them in a sauce pan with a steamer basket or if they aren’t too big in a bamboo steamer. Eating an artichokes is like opening a present, you have to unwrap it (peal each leaves one by one) until you get to the best part, the heart or the present. You only eat the bottom part of the leaves : dip them in the sauce of your choice and scrape the white bottom of each leaves between your front teeth (very explanatory post we have here !), then you’ll get to the center, discard the hairy part with a spoon and enjoy the best part !

We used to make hummus very quick, 1 can of chickpea some lemon juice, some garlic powder, sesame oil, salt & pepper and done ! Although it was very good, I always thought it was missing something. Tahini my friends ! It has a lot more taste that sesame oil and add some creaminess. Enjoy your hummus any way you like, with carrots, cucumber, celery, on toasts, on salads or on rice. It’s good for you so don’t stop yourself !

Vegan homemade hummus & artichokes leaves

Creamy, tasty, healthy, vegan and gluten free, you will love this recipe !

Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Middle East
Author Amandine

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas not drained
  • 3 garlic cloves pealed
  • 1/3 cup tahini recipe to come
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh is better
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin (more to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas and its water and the whole garlic cloves and cook in the microwave for around 4 min. Let it cool down for a few minutes.

  2. In your blender / food processor, add the content of the mixing bowl, and the rest of the ingredients, adding the olive oil while blending. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  3. Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley, cumin powder or sesame seeds.