Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Basic hummus

You need a good food processor for hummus. I have tried with a crappy processor and it just didn't work right,.

What you will need.

2 cans of garbanzo beans (chick peas) ***or if you can find them dry 1 and a half cups soaked in water overnight.***
between 1 and 3 tbs Tahina or tahinni 
the juice of 1 fresh lemon
plain white vinegar to taste 
1/8 cup of water.
Salt to taste
1/4 cup of a really good extra virgin olive oil***

Okay after you have everything together ground the chick peas into submission! When you think "OH NO! I think I ground it up too much!" do it some more. Once you think they wont pulverize any further its time to move on.
If you haven't worked with tahina before you may be a bit freaked out when you open the car or jar and find a wretched looking oil floating on what seems to be a sesame seed brick.... trust me it's normal and will be like that every time you open it. Take a strong metal spoon and mix just one side of the can. There is no reason to fight the whole can when we only need a few table spoons. Once you have a light brown paste spoon out 3 tablespoons into the food processor. add in the lemon juice, olive oil and 1/8 of a cup of vinegar and blend again until its all mixed well.
Add the salt a few pinches at a time until you get it to the point you like it. Water can be added to think it up if it's to thick and extra vinegar or lemon juice can be add for more tang.

1 comment:

  1. Derp... I should mention the *** Tahina, dry chick peas and good olive oil can be found in Pensacola downtown at the greek grocery store by Joe Patties.