Hummus soup that has rice in it and served with some bread to mop up the leftover soup, what a sumptuous dinner! And, if that dinner can be put on the table in a matter of 20 minutes? Yes, please!
Life is full of surprises. I came to US for the very first time in April (not April of this year! Duh! Another year, another April from the past). That particular year I came in, there was no extended winter or extremely wet springs. An era before all the effects of global warming (ok, ok, I tend to exaggerate. Not an era exactly, less than 5 years ago!), where all seasons took their turns to arrive, did not just intrude in on each other and lasted the appropriate amount of time, I walked into this country. Pleasant weather? Check. Good roads? Check. Tall buildings? Check. So far, it had met all my expectations of “foreign” that was hammered into my brain as a child. Thaaat’s right! I believed that foreign was some exotic country in itself. Err… may be another day for this story?
Well, so things were going pretty well with the pleasant weather, my exotic foreign land and then, boom! No, I was not hit by a bus! (this is not a thriller movie, you guys!). 😀 Boom! Summer arrived. I thought to myself “hmmm. It’s quite unnaturally warm. May be this is peak summer” And then, it got hotter. And hotter. And hotter! My brain screamed…. Whaaaaatttt??? Is it not supposed to be all pleasant and snow-y in foreign? Nobody is supposed to sweat here! And then, I learnt 😛
I suddenly feel stupid sharing this story for life-surprises! Guys, come on… Don’t judge me. I happened to (I still do) live in a world of my own. The movies and media always showed white Christmases, glow-y skin actresses and nobody ever complained about heat whereas, everyone complained about the heat in India. So, is it not fair for a kid to assume that her fairytale foreign land is not hot and sultry?
Loooong story short, I have come a long way with this hummus soup. From being surprised at finding channa / chickpea paste (that’s what hummus basically is, right?) on the menu of a fancy restaurant to actually developing a fondness for it and then making a soup out of it and sharing a “hummus soup” recipe with the world. Again, life is full of surprises, isn’t it? 🙂
The hummus soup recipe is a quickie! I know, I say this about a lot of recipes of mine but they really are, aren’t they?! Adding rice into it just completes the meal in terms of nutrition profile and makes it filling enough to call it dinner. Here is the recipe for:
Hummus Soup with Rice