Thursday, April 5, 2012

A taste of Egypt: Hummus

I know, I know, Hummus isn't really a traditional Egyptian dish, but seeing as how it is often the complementary partner to Tahina and frequently served as a staple appetizer here, it's Egyptian for the day.

Hummus is surprisingly easy to make, and serves as an amazing appetizer, a dip for veggies, a spread on pita breads, and the list goes on. Did I mention that it's suitable for vegans and vegetarians? Yum!

So here's what you'll need: 

1 can Chickpeas
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp sesame oil (if you want more of a "Tahina" taste to your hummus, add 1 - 2 tbsp of sesame paste)
Fresh juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp EVOO (or more, depending on how thick you want your Hummus)
Seasonings to taste. Popular seasonings include paprika, pepper, and in some cases cumin.

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Drain your can of chickpeas and set the liquid aside. 
Add your chickpeas and garlic in a blender / food processor, and pulse until the chickpeas and garlic are cut up. 
Add your sesame oil (and / or paste), and EVOO. If you want to spice up the hummus, add your spices here too. 
Pulse until smooth. 
Slowly add your lemon juice and chickpea liquid and continue pulsing until you reach the desired consistency.

Garnish with parsley and enjoy :)
Bil hana wa Shiva!

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