Introduction: Hummus

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You've probably had hummus out of one of those little tubs before. You know, the ones that cost $3.50 for like 10oz. and have preservatives in them? Once you make it yourself, you'll never go back.

Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment

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Equipment
A food processor or similar food destroying device
A bowl
A spatula

Ingredients
2 15oz cans of canned chick-peas, drained
2/3 cup tahina/tahini/sesame seed paste
juice of 1 large lemon
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin

Recommended for eating with your hummus:
pita
olive oil
paprika
olives

Step 2: Chop Up Garlic

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Put your garlic cloves in the food processor and run it until your cloves are chopped finely.

Step 3: Tahini

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Tahini behaves a lot like natural peanut butter. If you have a new can of this stuff, you will need to make sure the oil is mixed into the actual paste, or you will have a very hard block of dry sesame seed paste at the bottom, and sesame oil at the top.

Step 4: Everything But the Beans

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Put all your non-bean ingredients (i.e. the salt, cumin, lemon juice, and tahini) into the food processor. You can blend if you like, but it's not strictly necessary.

Step 5: Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas

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Open your cans of chick peas, but don't throw out the bean water! You can use this to add moisture to your hummus if you need it. (I did this at the beginning)

Now toss the beans in the food processor.

Step 6: Garnish and Enjoy!

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I grew up eating it with olive oil and paprika on top. I'm pretty sure this is an Israeli way of doing it, though don't quote me on that. You can also put pine nuts, chick peas, or olives on top as garnishes.

This makes enough so that you'll have a lot of leftovers. It keeps well in the fridge in a plastic container of some description.

Eat with some warm pita and enjoy!

Comments

yurikleb (author)2013-10-09

A machine that wipes hummus:
http://youtu.be/h0IzrGUK3LU

Cow biscuits (author)2013-04-21

Excellent recipe, makes lovely creamy fluffy hummus. Great to use canned chickpeas and not have to peel them like other recipes suggest, so not necessary as this is perfect thank you

susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-17

Thank you! I plan on doing another version of this dish soon.

torquefree89 (author)2011-01-05

where do you find Tahini (sesame seed paste) i cant find it

promet (author)torquefree892012-02-05

I would check in your local health food store. If there, it would probably be in there in the "peanut butter" area.

Icetigris (author)torquefree892011-01-06

It's in most grocery stores near olives and similarly Middle Eastern things, but sometimes it's in the "health foods" section. They carry it in most grocery stores, but sometimes the staff doesn't know what it is, so you might have to ask a manager.

Tim Temple (author)2011-06-28

If you're using a blender, put the tahini in LAST. It thickens the mix so it gets thrown on the walls of the blender.

ciciar (author)2011-06-18

I suppose, but I never tried it, that sesame seed paste could be obtained by processing them in the food processor. I use a coffee grinder to mill grains, like flaxseeds and so.

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