Monday, August 03, 2009

Hummu Yummis!

Rylan loves hummus and so do I, but become discouraged when I note the high price at the grocery store. Fortunately it's a simple and inexpensive food to make at home. And when we do, we make it in quantities for all to enjoy. I usually double or triple the recipe:


2 cups garbanzos, cooked
garbanzo liquid, as needed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup tahini*
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
handful fresh cilantro

Combine all the ingredients except cilantro in a food processor and blend until very smooth and creamy. Add garbanzo liquid as needed. Taste and then adjust seasonings, adding more lemon juice, onion powder, or salt if needed. Add fresh cilantro and blend only until leaves are chopped slightly.

*tahini is sesame butter; be sure to keep the unused portion in the fridge as it oxidizes quickly and becomes rancid if left at room temp.

Serve as a dip for corn or pita chips. Or serve with bread or rice cakes. This is a recipe that improves with age --- it's always better the next day after the flavors have melded.

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