Hummus

Hummus is a healthy middle eastern chickpea dip, gently spiced and blended. This is eaten with pita bread or crackers or served as a part of mezze platter.
Preparation time:30 minutes
Serves:6-8

Ingredients:
1 cup dry chickpeas soaked overnight
1/4 cup tahini(ground sesame paste)
1 tablespoon olive oil(more if you like)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 green chili(optional for spice)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sumac(optional)
Procedure:
1.Take the chickpeas in a pressure cooker and add enough water to submerge the chickpeas, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for 2 whistles and turn off the stove. Once the steam is gone drain the chickpeas. Keep the water.
2.Add 1 teaspoon olive oil in a pan and roast the garlic.
3.Take the tahini, cumin, salt, chili, garlic cloves, remaining olive oil, lemon juice in a blender and blend. Add the chickpeas and blend to a smooth paste. Add the drained water if the mixture is too thick. Adjust salt. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle sumac powder on top.
Tips:
Hummus Traditionally served with Pita bread or in a mezze platter.

There are many variations of hummus with pine nuts,roasted red pepper,sundried tomatoes etc.
Tahini and sumac can be found in middle eastern stores.
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