It tastes amazing as a side dish, appetizer, a dip, or as a spread for a sandwich.
Hummus is scooped with flatbread, such as pita. It is also served as part of a mezze or as an accompaniment to falafel, grilled chicken, fish or eggplant.
Garnishes include chopped tomato, cucumber, coriander, parsley, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, whole chickpeas, olive oil, hard-boiled eggs, paprika, olives, pickles and pine nuts. Outside the Middle East, it is sometimes served with tortilla chips or crackers.
A very simple and a quick recipe, a definitely must try.
10 - 15 Minutes
15 - 20 Minutes
2 cups canned, drained
1 tsp fresh, minched
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
Preheat oven to 350. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 20 minutes.
Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.
Storing Tahini It should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container for a maximum of 3 months.
Put the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt in a food processor.
Blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl.
Garnish with some whole chickpeas, paprika and parsley.
Drizzle olive oil over this mixture, and serve with warm bread.
P.S. You can add chopped tomatoes, toasted nuts, or even minced meat to this hummus to make your favourite variation.