Creamy Hummus

2 cups prepared chickpeas (used dried chickpeas, soaked for 24 hours, then cooked in 6 cups water and a pinch of baking soda, allowed to cool and removed individual pea skins by hand.)
1/2 cup Tahini (100% pure sesame seeds, no additives)
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 cloves fresh Garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground Cumin

Begin by soaking dried chickpeas for 24 hours.  Rinse and add to a large pot and cover with six cups of cold water and a scant dash of baking soda.  Cook for 60 minutes or until tender and skins pop off easily when you pinch peas between two fingers.  Working carefully, remove all skins from peas by hand.  Place peas, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and lemon in food processor and blend until fully combined.  Lastly add Tahini and continue to blend until creamy and fluffy.  Be sure to scrape down sides of blender so all ingredients are incorporated.  Serve fresh hummus immediately or refrigerate unused portion in tightly sealed glass for up to one week.  Garnish with olive oil, if desired, and serve with fresh pita chips and vegetables.

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