So I am back with another great grub post. This is my all time favorite thing to eat (exception: chocolate). It is delicious and nutritious, yummy in my tummy, lebanese goodness. Have you guessed it yet? It is HUMMUS! Also known as حمّص; also spelled hamos, houmous, hommos, hommus, hummos, hummous or humus. You pronounce it "hum - moose," for those of you who don't speak arabic.
Here is my grandmother's, whom we call Tata, recipe for hummus. Now this is her adapted version, when she lived in Lebanon things were a little different.
- 2 cans chick peas (or garbanzo beans)
- 4 Tbsp. tahini (Whole Foods has it on the peanut butter isle)
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (better if it is fresh squeezed)
- 4 cloves garlic
Drain the chick peas, but save the liquid! Add the chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic into your food processor and blend until garlic is pureed. Add salt to taste (I usually add anywhere from 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. depending on the saltiness of the chick peas). Pour in the reserved chick pea liquid as it is blending to reach the desired consistancy. Traditionally it should be thick enough to almost, but not quite, run off a spoon. Enjoy with lebanese bread...if you can find it! Tata ships me mine every couple of months from a bakery in Boston. We freeze it and it lasts for a long time. If you can't find lebanese bread, store-bought pita is a decent substitution.