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May 19, 2008

There's Always Room for Hummus





Hummus is quick, easy, healthy, delicious. I can make a batch in 10 minutes. OK, so that might be five minutes longer than a traditional hummus but I like to take a couple of extra steps. And I don't use all of the traditional ingredients. I used the following ingredients for this batch:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained of half the liquid
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (more is optional)
  • half a large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1 tsp sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • salt to taste
I gently saute the garlic and onion in the olive oil for about 8 mins. Sometimes raw garlic and onion can be too strong and I like my hummus mild in that regard. I don't care for tahini so I don't use it. I don't need to brown the onions and garlic but if that happens that's tasty too. I season this with sambar powder, crushed red pepper, allspice and salt. This plus the chickpeas and half the can of liquid goes into the food processor until the desired consistency is reached. You can add more oil if you like it silkier or even water.

I ate this with a stack of carrot sticks but it certainly goes with dozens of things. In a pita, in a tortilla, with crackers, on toast, as a dip, as a sandwich spread...

12 comments:

Srivalli said...

thanks for dropping by my blog..its great to discover yours...you have been around for so long..great!...lovely place you have here...and thats nice recipe!..:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I could never tire of hummus. Never.

vb said...

srivalli, thanks for visiting!

vb said...

Susan, me either. It was a challenge to eat only half the batch.

vegeyum said...

There IS always room for hummus.I love your take on this recipe and the inclusion of sambar powder.

vb said...

I think I'm addicted to sambar powder. I just love it on everything.

Ivy said...

Hummus or hoummous or however it is written is one of my favourits. I have never heard of sambar powder, shall see if I can get some to try it. Thanks for visiting.

vb said...

Ivy, you can probably order sambar powder online or find it at an Indian grocery. Or you can make it yourself. There are recipes online and I even have a link to my recipe in the blog entry. Everyone's recipe is a little different but they all taste good!

Asha said...

Hummus is great for snacking anyday. I also make it with Black eyed peas. Photo is great!:)

vb said...

Hmm, I'll have to try that, Asha. Sounds good!

stet said...

I LOVE this!!!

vb said...

stet, THANKS!

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