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Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas

Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas – A really quick and easy mid week meal that is delicious and filling. 

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Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas

I don’t know about you but I have never been so hot in my entire life. I am currently melting and have a headache as well as some ear ache. Time to get the garlic cloves out. 

P.s. my little boy accidentally dropped that gorgeous patterned dish not long after this pic was taken. It is no more. Boo and hoo.

These Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas are lathered in hummus and ‘they’ (ooh personification) cradle (yes like a baby) some roasted chickpeas and crunchy pickles. Oh and I added a whipped yoghurt with some bits in it too. As simple as it gets but so so yummy and convenient. They are also pretty healthy too and you can use gluten free pitta bread instead of white or wholemeal. Other great accompaniments are feta cheese, avocado (obvs), sprouts and zhoug. 

Serve these Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas for lunch and your family won’t be disappointed- a healthy satisfying lunch, or make it ahead and separate the elements for tasty lunches during the work week.

While the chickpeas roasts, you can toast the pittas and cut the pickles, whip that yoghurt/flavour it up and make the hummus because you are a multi tasking queen and also because it is pretty easy. It won’t take long and in the end you’ll have a healthy satisfying meal. One that you can be proud of, because,  not only will it taste good, it is a hearty and healthy meal too. This is one of the recipes I use when I am in a rush and dont want to eat meat. Still trying to stick to 2 days a week of meat max. 

There are lots of gluten free wraps out there these days as well as gluten free pittas, but if you still can’t find what you need, you can skip the wrap and turn this into a hearty salad. Just add a huge salad – I’m thinking parsley, red onion, cucumber, radishes, olives and tomatoes, toss with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and apple cider vinegar (or any other) and you’re done..if you are extra hungry, add a grain like brown rice, quinoa, bulgar, freekah..whatever you like really. This Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas recipe is basically more of an assembly job then a recipe but I love it! You could of course buy the hummus and a similar yoghurt dip.

 

Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas

Middle Eastern Hummus, Pickle and Chickpea Pittas - A really quick and easy mid week meal that is delicious and filling. 

Course Lunch
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Hummus

  • 400 tin Chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 large Lemon juice of
  • 60 ml Tahini
  • 3 - 4 cloves Garlic Crushed. Adjust quantity to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Sumac

Other

  • 4 Round Pitta Bread
  • A range of Pickles sliced finely. (I used gherkins and turnips).

Cacik - Turkish Yoghurt Dip

  • 400 grams Plain Yoghurt
  • 1 Cucumber finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 250 ml Cold Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • Small Handful Dill leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Mint
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

Roast Chickpeas

  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 400g tin Chickpeas drained
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

Hummus

  1. Combine the tahini and lemon juice in a food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape down and process again for 30 seconds. Pour in the olive oil, then add the garlic, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Process for 30 seconds then scrape down and process for another 30 seconds. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides down, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes.Slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until you reach the perfect consistency.Taste for salt and adjust as needed. 

Cacik - Turkish Yoghurt Dip

  1. First, whisk the yogurt and olive oil together to make a smooth mixture. Gradually whisk in the water until you reach the desired consistency. Stir in the cucumber, garlic and herbs and mix thoroughly until smooth. 

Pitta Bread

  1. Toast the pitta bread under a hot grill for 1 - 3 minutes each side.

Chickpeas

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Pour a little oil into a medium pan. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Carefully add the chickpeas to the oil and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Assemble

  1. Dollop some hummus into the centre of each pitta and spread, top with pickles, chickpeas and yoghurt.

 

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