Saturday, November 14, 2009

How to make Hummus(tahini)


  • 250g(8oz)dried chick peas

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

  • 3 large cloves garlic

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt,or to taste

  • 1/2 cup(4oz)tahini(sesame seed paste)

  • olive oil

  • paprika or chopped parsley

Soak the chick peas overnight or for 24hours in plenty of cold water to cover.Drain,put into saucepan or pressure cooker with fresh water and boil until soft enough to be mashed between the fingers,about 2 hours in a saucepan or 35 minutes under pressure.Drain peas,reserving liquid.set aside a few whole peas for garnishing.

Put the chick peas in an electric blender or food processor,adding some of the cooking liquid if necessary.Mix in the lemon juice and garlic crusher with salt.Add tahini and mix well.Taste and add more lemon juice or salt if necessary consistency should be that of thick mayonnaise.If too thick,add a little water.

Spread on a plate,pour a little oil over the surface and garnish with reserved whole peas and a sprinkle of paprika or parsley.


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