01 September 2009

Hummus


This recipe is so easy to make, and doesn't require any special ingredients, except for the tahini paste.

1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
4 garlic cloves, minced and then mashed
2-3 tbsp tahini paste (this is available in most Middle Eastern stores and should be refrigerated after opening. Mine has lasted a year)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup water
salt to taste

In a food processor, combine the mashed garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup water until it forms a smooth paste. Add salt, starting at a half a teaspoon, to taste.

Spoon into serving dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley/ olives/ cayenne pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil and serve with crackers, pita slices or vegetables.

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