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Hummus is a delicious spread-dip from the Middle East.  It is now widely available in markets but it’s simple to make at home and well worth the bit of effort it takes.  Making it at home you can make it with as much or as little garlic as you wish.  Classic Hummus requires Tahini, a past made from sesame seeds.  It is available in specialty markets and health food stores.  The classic way to serve Hummus is with pieces of Pita bread.


1 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans – (sometimes called chick peas)

2 or 3 tablespoons of Tahini(a paste made from sesame seeds)

1/3 cup olive oil

4 or 5 cloves of garlic, finely minced – (or more to taste)

1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin

1/2 teaspoon dry dill weed or 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh


Salt and fresh black pepper to taste


Drain the garbanzo beans and reserve the liquid.  Put the beans and all ingredients except salt and pepper into a blender of food processor and pulse until a puree is formed.  Begin adding the reserved liquid from the garbanzo beans until you achieve the texture you wish.  You can make it quite thick and use if as a spread, or make it thinner and use as a dip.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 


This is better if made ahead and the flavors allowed to mellow.  It may also be stored in the refrigerator for a week or so.



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