Friday, August 28, 2009


They say that hummus is always better to make at home, as the one bought at the store may not taste as good.
So I had to try making my own - at home. From scratch.
That also meant boiling my own garbanzo beans / chickpeas.
Easy enough, as I had the beans in the pantry so all I had to do was measure 1 cup of beans, boil them for 2 minutes, then let them sit in the hot water for 1 hour.
Easy !

I had the rest of the ingredients in the house and it so happened that I made some flat bread the same afternoon - so it was all just fitting into place. All I had to do was to place all the ingredients into the food processor. Which I did.
Let's get cooking !

1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas) dry or 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves
2-3 TBSP sesame seeds
1/4 cup oil (olive oil if you have)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
juice of half of a lemon
*** you can also add chili powder or any other spices you like
***you can pulse 1 roasted bell pepper along with the beans
***you can add red pepper flakes too

If you chose the dry garbanzo beans, rinse them well, then cover with water and boil for 2 minutes, then let sit in the water for 1 hour. Rinse and they are ready to use.
If you have a can of garbanzo beans, pour out the liquid they have been canned in, rinse in a colander under cold water and they are ready to use.
Place the beans in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.
Peel the garlic cloves and dump in with the beans.
Add the salt, pepper and any other spices you want to add, add some of the lemon juice and some of the oil and pulse or process until a nice paste has formed.
Taste and add the rest of the lemon juice and the oil and process for a few more seconds.
Taste again and adjust any seasoning to your personal liking.

Plate nicely and pair with some pita, flat bread or any regular bread or crackers.
It tastes awesome !

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