The cilantro hummus with crispy garlic pita gracefully combines the Middle Eastern aroma of hummus with the crispiness of the Mediterranean pita also inspired by Arabian cuisine. In only 15 minutes, one can prepare an incredibly delicious appetizer, easy to serve as a main meal too. This is one great appetizer recipe that absolutely needs to be tried at least once.
Hummus is a dip made from chickpeas, originating from the Middle Easters culture, being one of the oldest prepared foods ever. Consumed in Palestine since 4000BC, hummus is also a popular item in the Mediterranean cuisine too, where it is usually served as an appetizer, a dip, or as a part of other dishes, like falafel, tortilla chips, or with meat.
Hummus has great nutritional values and it’s very rich in vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and proteins. In fact, hummus is one favorite vegetarian and vegan ingredient, mostly combined with grains, or served with bread, being considered one complete protein meal.
Common to both Mediterranean and Arabic cuisines, just like the hummus, pita is a special round pocket bread, so famous in some cultures, that it’s been served with almost all fillings, garnishments, and also main dishes. If in the Palestinian cuisine pita is a must-have with any kind of meal, in other countries, like in Bulgaria, pita is consumed only in special occasions, having an almost ritualistic and symbolic meaning. Pita is also popular in Turkey, Greece, and in Balkan countries like Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia or Croatia.