Hummus is a popular appetizer, side dish, or main course in Israel, and in recent years, it's become popular in the United States, as well. It comes in a variety of flavors, and tastes best when eaten with warm pita bread. This recipe is for a basic hummus, but you can always spice it up by adding extra ingredients, like sliced red chilis or cayenne pepper!
- 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
- ¼ cup liquid from can of chickpeas
- 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
- 1 ½ tablespoons tahini
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas.
Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).
Serve immediately with fresh, warm, or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.
Note: For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.