Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hummus (Chickpea & Tahini Purée)

The Captain and I are embarking on a new lifestyle of healthier eating, although we will still indulge in those sinful foods that we love.  And I will still post those sinful recipes . . . but I'm looking for healthier alternatives and will share them as I discover them.

I have recently discovered hummus!  It is a healthier alternative for snacking since we love potato chips with sour cream dip.  We have found a selection of crackers at the grocery store that are low in fat and sodium and quite tasty.  Great with hummus!

19-oz. can chickpeas, or 1 cup dried chickpeas that have been soaked and cooked until very tender 
1/2 cup tahini (sesame-seed paste) 
1 clove garlic 
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 
Kosher salt to taste 
Olive oil for drizzling 
Cayenne for sprinkling 

If using canned chickpeas, drain them, reserving the liquid, and rinse them. If using dried, cooked chickpeas, drain them and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

Purée all the ingredients in a food processor until very smooth, adding the reserved liquid as needed. You should have a medium-thick paste (if it's still too thick, thin it more with water).

Season with salt. Transfer the hummus to a shallow bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with cayenne. Serve with pita bread or raw vegetables.

From Fine Cooking CWF SIP, pp. 59
January 1, 2004


Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I ADORE hummus!!! I just had it for lunch today. My favorites are roasted red pepper hummus and garlic hummus.

Today I had garlic hummus with red and yellow pepper!

Did you know they make hummus chips? YUM!!

I am a middle eastern food freak. It is some of the healthiest food out there!

randomcreative said...

Hummus is one of my favorites! So healthy and delicious. Glad that you're enjoying it. :)

Catherine said...

Dear Gina, I love hummus. It is healthy and you don't have to feel guilty eating it. Have a wonderful and blessed day. Catherine xo

Carolyn said...

I discovered Hummus when I lived in Israel. Check out the recipe for falafel. It is the best thing since errrr, well actually it is the best thing to eat .... ever, and very good for you.

Just saying :>)

Gina Alfani said...

I will be checking out recipes for falafel too! Thank Carolyn :)

I have had the red pepper hummus from the grocery store and look forward to finding a good recipe that I can make at home. The ones from the grocery store have too much sodium . . .

Thank you all for visiting and commenting . . . I will be posting more recipes for hummus as I find them :)

Gina Alfani said...

Forgot to mention that I have not heard of hummus chips, but will definitely check it out!

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