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Sunday, January 17, 2010

How to make quick hummous (without all the plastic containers)

I can't believe how easy this is! Instead of making a large ordeal out of it, this is the recipe for making hummous as you need it.

You will need:

Blender or equivalent and...

1 can of chick peas(these are already cooked)
100g Tahini paste(the jar I buy is 300g, so 1/3 of the jar)
2 garlic cloves
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon salt
Plus any spices you want to experiment with

Add together and blender (I cut up my garlic cloves first).

Usually I made a big production out of it, getting dried chick peas, soaking them overnight with baking soda to make them cook more quickly the next day, cooking a big pot of them for hours (too much too eat right away). As a result, I NEVER MADE HUMMOUS. OR you can go out and buy a few cans of cooked chick peas-- directions for hummous usually on the can. Quick Hummous without all the plastic containers.

P.S. May want to try: my gourmet-oriented husband also added a dash of balsamic vinegar dressing, which was really good. Or experiment with spices...

Later note - Oct 2012:  Read this!!!

Now that I am much more functional in the kitchen, how difficult is it to cook a few cups of dried chick peas for a few hours, really?  The problem was the baking soda, and not having any sense of how to cook dried beans.  Just get a few cups and cook them until you TEST them and they are soft.  Just like cooking pasta - but takes a bit longer.  (You don't have to stick around...)  

So whether if you are scared of cooking beans - use the cans instead of the plastic containers at least, although they do have a slightly metallic taste.  For best results though, get some dried chick peas from a wholesale food store, or section of a grocery store (to avoid packaging) and cook'em up.  Great too for food storage - ability to be self-reliant goals.


Elizabeth said...

Sounds good and easy. I should try it someday.

Nonavee said...

I just recently discovered the BEST hummous, at a little stall below where I am working now. He said, by the way, that he uses NO LEMON JUICE. It was so amazing tasting. I have to try it, but he just said he used chick peas, tahini, oil, garlic, and paprika sprinkled on top, that's it!

Nonavee Dale said...

Later he did say he used a little. Just taste it to know how to season it...

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