Hummus is one of those foods that is easy to pick up at a grocery store and not really give it a second thought. That’s what I did for a long time until I decided to explore Lebanese food a little more. Years ago, my family would get take-out from a local Lebanese deli and since then I have loved that food. Since I had been craving Lebanese food I decided to make my own version of the deli’s menu.
Hummus is so simple; I couldn’t believe I had never made it before! All you need is a blender or food processor, 2 cans of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. Tahini is just a paste of ground sesame seeds and can be found at asian stores or whole foods. Now that I have made hummus it would be tough to go back to store-bought!
(makes about 4 cups)
- 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, juice from one can reserved
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 2 lemons, juice
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp crushed red chili flakes
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- olive oil for drizzling
- dash paprika, for garnish
- In a blender or food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, chili flakes, salt, and cumin.
- Gradually add in the reserved chickpea liquid, blending until smooth.
- Add the lemon juice and blend.
- Pour into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and a dash of paprika.