Friday, November 5, 2010

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

Chickpeas are a type of legume that are also known as gram, garbanzo or ceci. They contain a high amount of protein and dietary fiber.

Hummus is a chickpea dip that is made in areas within the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It must be one of the easiest spreads to make.

Begin with straining and rinsing one can of chickpeas.

You will also need the following ingredients:
- some fresh dill (to your taste)
- the juice of one lemon
- approximately 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- approximately 1/4 cup of olive oil (give or take)
- salt can be added to taste

Sidebar: Most hummus recipes request the use of tahini. Tahini is a sesame paste that has a wonderful flavour. However, I do not find many uses for it in my daily cooking. For this reason, I use sesame oil, as it provides the great sesame flavour needed in this recipe, without taking extra room in my cupboard.

Simply place all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. You will have to adjust the amount of olive oil to ensure you have the consistency you are looking for.

When done, serve with:
- chips
- bread
- pita
- vegetables
- olives
- crackers
- etc.

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