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Hommus bi Tahini (with tahini)
This has become a very familiar product in most grocery stores, but it’s so easy and cheap to make…and you can add your own ‘personal’ touch.
Keep in mind the “bi Tahini” in Arabic means “with Tahini” and “Hommus” really means the beans.
1 can of chick peas, drained
Juice of 1 plump lemon
1 plump crushed garlic clove
splash of olive oil
2 TBSPs of Tahini
salt (and pepper) to taste
Put lemon juice, olive oil, garlic in the bottom of a processor, or blender, then add chick peas and tahini. Blend slowly, and add water til it reaches a ‘dippable’ consistency. Hommus will thicken as it stands, so if you don’t plan to eat it right away make it a little ‘looser’.
Now here’s where you’play’.
If you were to taste hommus in different countries of the Middle East, each one would have a slightly different flavor.. Here YOU get to add your favorite things.
• You can add things like fresh mint, parsley, cilantro, scallions, ground black pepper, hot pepper flakes, curry, roasted chipotle pepper, sundried tomatoes…you name it!
• You can also control the ‘texture’ by the amount of blending.
It should be spread in a shallow colorful dish, and drizzled with olive oil.
Then, create an inviting presentation: I like to ring it with sliced cucumber, sprinkle with pepper or sumac and top with a sprig of mint.
As they say in Arabic, Sahhtain” or “to your health… twice”