Tabule Toronto has become a mainstay for delicious Middle Eastern food in the city and with the notoriety around the heart health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, the restaurant has quickly become known as being one of the healthiest too. Not only are the dishes inherently healthy; made with a variety of fresh, antioxidant-rich vegetables and good quality oils, but owner Rony Goraichy focuses on sourcing local and organic ingredients when possible. The menu boasts a huge variety of traditional dishes like, of course, tabbouleh, Warak Enab (stuffed grape leaves) and fattoush as well as items like garlic shrimp and chicken livers from locally raised Mennonite chicken. There’s a ton of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well (you MUST check out the flash-fried cauliflower with tahini when you go). Everybody wins! It’s a great place to come and share a Mediterranean mezze with friends and family.
At Tabule Toronto, Rony is famous for his ridiculously creamy and delicious hummus. And, since hummus, is one of my favourite things to eat and make, I was thrilled to head into his kitchen to see his special hummus recipe.
Hummus is a healthy staple in my kitchen, and of course, packs a good amount of plant-based protein from the chickpeas. Rony uses A LOT of tahini, but you need to remember that sesame seeds contain heart-healthy fats and essential fatty acids (EFAs) that the body knows how to absorb and assimilate. The EFAs in sesame contributes to healthy brain, hormone and nervous system function as well as giving your skin a glow! Plus, tahini is chock full of calcium. And, listen, when you’re eating real foods, you don’t need to worry about counting calories. (I’m not saying to eat the whole plate of hummus yourself, but you get the picture). This is, honestly, one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. You will impress all your friends when you bring your one hummus to the party (inspired by one of Toronto’s most healthy restaurants).
Tabule Toronto’s Hummus Recipe
- 1 cup of ground chickpeas (either soaked and boiled or use canned chickpeas)
- ½ cup of raw tahini
- ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves of garlic (mashed up)
- kosher or sea salt to taste
- add water to achieve desired consistency
- Mix all ingredients in a mixer (either a food processor or you can use a hand blender if do not have a mixer).
- Add a little of water to get a creamier texture.
- Add salt to taste
Whip up a batch of Tabule Toronto’s fresh and delicious hummus tonight! Show me how yours turned out. Tag me in your pics @kimdeoncom or use the hashtag #EatSomeGood so I can drool over your Mediterranean moment.