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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Homemade Chickpea Hummus Recipe

Picture from wikipedia.
My camera ate up my picture, sorry!
Once upon a time, I didn't care much for hummus. I thought the only way to eat it was spread on sandwiches, and bread was never my thing, even before I became gluten free. In fact, I went to far as to tell the caterer for my wedding specifically not to serve hummus, even though he typically did, because I didn't care for it.
But that's because I was eating the store bought stuff, which locally, is not just chickpeas, but actually mixed with a lot of soy and hydrogenated oils, which really affects the taste.
Homemade hummus? Now that's another thing entirely- I absolutely adore it! And, if you have chickpeas already cooked (I cook up a large batch and freeze it so I have it on hand, but canned also works for this), its a cinch to make.
No, I still don't care for hummus on bread with tomatoes, but its great as a dip for veggies, mixed with tuna fish in place of mayo, or smeared on a flatbread which then gets filled with various other fillings.
P.S. Yes, I know standard hummus is made with tahini sauce, but I prefer mine without. Its cheaper that way too.

Homemade Chickpea Hummus Recipe

Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans (home cooked is fine, as is canned)
1/4 cup oil (I usually use sunflower oil, but any mild oil is fine. You can use olive oil for one tablespoon of the oil, but not more than that or it'll be too overpowering.)
1/4 cup water
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2-1 teaspoon salt (If making with canned chickpeas, leave out)

Instructions:
1. Add the chickpeas and the water to your food processor. Blend until smooth, pushing down the chickpeas so that it all gets blended.

2. Add the oil and lemon and blend.

3. Add the garlic and salt and blend.

Garnish with olive oil, and a sprinkling of zaatar or paprika.

Are you a hummus fan? Do you usually buy it or make your own? If you usually make hummus, what do you put in yours? What is your favorite way to eat hummus?

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