Oh, how this family loves hummus. The first time I experienced it was in South Carolina after I graduated from college. I was at a little coffee shop that also sold sandwiches, and I ordered a hummus sandwich. I was surprised at how tasty it was! How was I just finding out about this? Why hadn’t anyone told me how delicious hummus was?
I would buy hummus from the store or order it from Aladdin’s until I found out that I could make it myself. Remember, I didn’t really cook anything until about two years ago, so ‘making food’ was a new concept. I found a recipe for hummus online, modified it a bit, and this is what I make for our family.
2 cups chickpeas, with the liquid (I buy the dried chickpeas, soak them overnight, and cook them in the pressure cooker for 15 minutes). You can also used canned.
1/3 cup Tahini (tahini is the paste of ground sesame seeds – I get mine at Marc’s in the international aisle. If you can’t find it at a grocery store, you can get it online – it’s delicious)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic
blend until smooth in food processor or blender. add more liquid for a thinner consistency.
serve with olive oil on top and warm pita bread
optional: cilantro, basil, tomatoes
The best part is that LoMo will get to grow up eating hummus at least a few times a month. He gobbles it up!