Garlicky Garbanzo Bean Dip

Course : Dips
Serves: 6
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3 cups garbanzo beans -- cooked
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup tahini -- sesame paste
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin -- ground
1 medium lemon slices
2 teaspoon parsley -- chopped
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic -- minced
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation / Directions:

Puree the beans with the water in a food processor or blender to the consistency of a smooth, mashed-potatolike paste. (The beans can also be mashed with the water by hand) Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cumin. Continue mixing until light and fluffy. Put into a serving bowl and swirl in the olive oil. Sprinkle on paprika and garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley. Serve at room temperature. Makes about 4 1/4 cups of dip. SUGGESTED DIPPERS: Pita Bread Triangles, Celery, Carrots, Fennel, Cheddar Cheese

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