Learn to make hummus at home using chana dal - 24 Mantra Organic

Learn to make hummus at home using chana dal - 24 Mantra Organic


Learn to make hummus at home using chana dal


Hummus is a savoury dip (or spread) that is prepared using mashed chickpeas and tahini. It is a highly popular dish in Egypt and is a widely used dip.

It is often flavoured with lemon juice and garlic to get that tangy flavour that goes perfectly well with any main food item.

It is very popular in the USA, Europe, and the middle east where it can be found in most of the grocery stores and is commonly consumed. Since it is a global food product, there are several local variations to its preparation method.

Hummus with baked pita chips


Just by looking at a freshly prepared bowl of hummus, you may deem it boring. But just wait till you try it out with your favourite veggies or pair it with burgers or sandwiches. You will be amazed at the tanginess it brings your dishes.

Since tahini (a sesame seed paste) is also used in the preparation of hummus, people allergic to nuts might believe that they are out of luck.

If you are thinking whether not including tahini in your hummus affects the taste or consistency of the dish, we have got some good news for the allergic folks out there!

You can prepare a hummus recipe without tahini and achieve the same consistency and delicious taste. In this post, we will be looking at all the ingredients required for preparing hummus recipe without tahini and using Chana dal as a base. Let’s begin!


Hummus Recipe Without Tahini

Chana dal is a legume variety that is widely consumed across Indian states. It is a variety of chickpeas that are already peeled and split.

If you want to prepare high-quality hummus, it is crucial that you choose organic Chana dal as it is better in nutrition as compared to it’s non-organic counterparts.

Moreover, organic Chana dal is grown as per International standards and has a relatively better texture and taste.

Hummus recipe without tahini is equally satisfying and highly fulfilling. Before we move on to the preparation steps involved, let’s have a look at the ingredients required for hummus recipe without tahini.

  • 2 cups of organic Chana dal rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 2 teaspoons organic cumin powder
  • 4 clove sticks 3 garlic peels
  • 3 garlic peels
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder toasted and powdered
  • Broth from the Chana dal preparation
  • 2 teaspoons pink salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • Cayenne powder to taste
  • Olive oil, paprika or oregano as per garnishing requirements

Now that we have our ingredients sorted, let’s begin with the preparation of hummus recipe without tahini.


Hummus Recipe Without Tahini Preparation Steps

Preparing smooth velvety hummus is very simple, and we will be looking at all the preparation steps involved in preparing the hummus recipe without tahini.

Hummus with olive oil dressing


First, we need to process our Chana dal to make it tender and suitable for grinding. These steps for hummus recipe without tahini involve cooking on in an open pan without using a pressure cooker.

  • Take the overnight soaked Chana dal and rinse it with fresh water.
  • Put the Chana dal in a large pot with enough fresh water that submerges the dal by approx. 2 inches.
  • Put the pan on a stove and let the mixture boil.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, simmer the flame and continue cooking for about 60 to 90 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Keep a close eye on the dal, and if the mixture turns very thick, you can add additional water.
  • Cook until the Chana dal turns tender and discard any foam developed on top.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to completely cool down.
  • Strain the mixture and keep the broth aside.

If you want to relish the aroma of your home prepared Chana dal hummus recipe, it’s suggested that you allow the prepared dal to cool down before putting it in a mixer or blender. Now that we have our prerequisites sorted, let’s begin with the next steps involved in our hummus preparation.

  • Once the Chana dal has cooled down, put it in a mixer or blender along with the garlic, lemon juice, ¼ cup of broth, cayenne powder, cloves, cumin powder, and the coriander powder.
  • Close the lid and grind all the ingredients very well.
  • Open the lid and check the consistency of the mixture.
  • If the mixture feels too thick, you can add more of the earlier saved broth to achieve the desired consistency and thickness.
  • Pulse the mixture a few times more and once done, empty the contents in a bowl or a utensil of your choice.
  • Garnish the hummus with paprika, oregano and olive oil.
  • You savoury home-made hummus recipe without tahini is ready to serve!

You might notice that the hummus prepared by using Chana dal firms up a bit, but once you look at its consistency, it will be velvety smooth!



If you are health conscious and are looking to cut additional calories from your hummus, you can completely skip the olive oil garnishing and get a very-low fat hummus.


Wrapping Up

Hummus prepared using the above steps is velvety smooth and has an amazing texture. Although the preparation is highly time-intensive, the steps involved are relatively simple and can be easily followed by beginner cooks who have never prepared hummus before.

Try 24 Mantra Organics’s Chana dal and try hummus!

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