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I made hummus for the first time today because I have been craving it for a while now. I bought the following ingredients from the market yesterday: 1 bag of pita bread, 1 can of chickpeas, and 1 jar of tahini (sesame paste) which came out to around $9. The tahini was about $4 but it will last me the whole year since it doesn’t expire until 2012.

The hummus came out surprisingly good and my mother enjoyed it.

Original Recipe Yield 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained – but keep 3/4 cup of bean juice for texture
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Place the garbanzo beans, bean juice from the can, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and paprika in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley if desired.

I think next time I will try to put sun dried tomatoes into the blender. You can also use more or less garlic cloves to your liking. I put three cloves but it turns out it was too strong for my taste so I am going to put two next time. The original recipe also had salt but I didn’t add any and it tasted fine the way it was. Plus, the bean juice in the can already had salt added to it. Toast your pita and enjoy!

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