Hummus

Course : Appetizers
Serves: 4 - 6
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Ingredients:

2 cups dry chick peas
1 pound jar tahini
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce -- natural (tamari)
1 medium lemon
1 medium Onion
2 Cup water from cooked beans
2 teaspoons cumin -- powdered (optional)
1 teaspoon paprika for garnish
1 teaspoon parsley for garnish
 

Preparation / Directions:

Soak beans overnight. Drain and place on cookie sheet. Freeze several hours. cook frozen beans in double amount of water with onion in it or cook in a pressure cooker instead of freezing first. Blend cooked beans (pureeing while still warm makes blending easier) and onion a little at a time, using as much water as necessary to keep blender going. Add garlic cloves, soy sauce and lemon juice to taste along with beans. If you're using cumin, add it now. When all beans have been blended with other ingredients to a thick sauce, place in a large bowl. Add one jar of tahini and mix well, adding more tamari, garlic, or lemon juice if a stronger flavor is desired. (add more water for thinner consistency.) Place on a shallow dish, spread smoothly and sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Serve with pita strips, use as a sandwich spread, or stuff into celery. VARIATIONS: a) Avocado Hoomus: mash in 1 large ripe avocado b) Eggplant Hoomus: mash in one medium baked eggplant (no skin) and mix with cumin added to garbanzo tahini blen


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