Posted on | April 25, 2011 | 3 Comments
Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip and appetizer served with hot pita bread. It is often part of a mezze or served with falafel or meat. It also makes a great snack. Hummus can be garnished with all sorts of herbs, veggies and spices. I went with olive oil, paprika and parsley but there are many other ways of garnishing it.
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how simple it is to make hummus myself. I had no idea…
- 1 cup dry garbanzo beans/chickpeas, soaked overnight
- 4 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp salt
- fresh parsley, minced
- olive oil
The 1 cup of dry garbanzo beans need to soaked in water overnight. Cook the beans in water for 1/2 hour to an hour until tender. Drain the beans but keep the water.
Place the warm beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and the salt in a food processor. Mix until smooth. Add some cooking water if necessary to get a smooth and creamy consistency.
Check the flavors and season to taste with more salt, tahini or lemon juice.
Transfer the dip to a serving bowl. Drizzle some olive oil over it or into a little hole in the middle and garnish with some fresh parsley and paprika.
Serve with hot pita bread and/or cut up vegetables such as cucumber, celery and carrots.