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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Home made Hummus and Tahini


Hummus is commonly used as a dip or an appetizer in the Middle East. It is also served as an accompaniment to falafel,sandwiches,salad,crackers etc.Hummus makes for a great snack or appetizer. Tahini is an important part of the hummus recipe.

Hummus is a healthier  option ,it  is high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6. The chickpeas are a good source of protein and dietary fiber;tahini consists mostly of sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid methionine, complementing the proteins in the chickpeas.

Tahini

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of sesame seeds
,1 tablespoon of lemon juice,
1 tablespoon of finely chopped garlic,water and salt to taste.

Method-
Toast sesame seeds for 2-4 minutes in the oven, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown.Let it cool down.Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add water. Blend for 2 minutes.Then add lemon juice,garlic and salt. Check for consistency.
It should be thick, yet  of pourable texture.Tahini can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container  for up to 3 months.

Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup  of chickpeas (Soaked overnight and then boiled)
  • 1/4 cup liquid from boiled chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic,
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

Soak the chickpeas overnight and then boil them till they crack open.Allow them to cool down.Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid. Pour the chickpeas in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Then add tahini,garlic,olive oil,salt and lemon juice and blend again.


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