Also called Hoummus or just Humus, it is a popular paste basically made from chickpeas and sesame seeds. Today, the traditional Middle Eastís recipe has several variations, but it is generally served with fresh or toasted pita bread plus tahina dip.
- 2 15-oz cans of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
- 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas.
- 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste).
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini.
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Mix the remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 5 minutes on low until thoroughly combined and smooth.
Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the middle of the hummus. Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional). Serve directly with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate. Optionally, insert a sliced red chili or a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicier dish.