The real Hummus recipe.

Here’s something that once you make yourself, you’ll not like the pre made kind anymore. Quick, cheap, nutritious chickpeas are loved everywhere but here, it seems. You can get them in bulk, and they might be labeled Garbonzos. Same thing. You will need tahini, which is ground sesame seeds. If you can’t find that, mayo is a sad but tasty substitute.

1 cup dried chickpeas
1/2 cup tahini
juice from 1 squeezed lemon
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon  baking soda
olive oil
parsley (optional)

Soak the beans about six hours in water with some of the baking soda in it, then cook them for 1.5 hours, covered, in water with the rest of the baking soda in it.

Drain the beans, reserving some of the water,and spin them in your blender or food processor. Add the lemon juice, salt, cumin, tahini and garlic and blend away. Add a splash of olive oil and repeat. Then blend in enough of the reserved nutritious bean water till it’s just a little too thin. Like thick pancake batter. Cover and chill then top with parsley if desired, and make a little lake of olive oil in each serving if you like, yum.

You can add pappadews, more garlic, more lemon,red peppers, pine nuts, green vegetables… Whatever you want. All by itself it’s fantastic.


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