Hummus

hummusHummus is one of the oldest foods in the world.  Hummus is a blended dip which originates in the Middle East and has recently become popular in Western countries. It is made from chickpeas, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and contains iron, protein and Vitamin C.  Hummus can be found at most supermarkets and delis. It is much cheaper to make at home, and very quick and easy. Look for tahini (sesame seed paste) in the ethnic aisle of your supermarket.

Hummus has five key ingredients, all of which should be as fresh as possible. The amounts given in the below recipe are a guide. Hummus can be altered to your personal taste. Everyone has his or her favorite blend. The more olive oil and lemon juice used, the creamier and more liquid-like the dip will be.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked, drained chickpeas (or canned chickpeas)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  • To make basic hummus, simply blend all ingredients together in a blender. Start with a small spoonful of tahini and only a little seasoning, and adjust to taste. Store the hummus in an airtight container in the fridge, covered with a little more olive oil.
  • You can add red pepper, Greek olives, sun dried tomatoes, jalapenos, etc. to your hummus.  It really is a matter of taste.  Serve hummus on pita triangles, crackers, etc. or dip fresh vegetables into it.  Hummus is a healthy and wonderful food!
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