As i ran through my recipe book few nights ago , i found this recipe , how to make hummus . I though it seems easy , and i couldn’t actually imagine the taste . I know how garbanzo / chick peas taste like , but mashed ? and mixed with lemon juice , garlic , and sesame paste ? I don’t even know how sesame paste taste like . However , i do know how sesame seed or sesame oil taste like .. LOL , I use that a lot in chinese / asian cooking . We love experimenting with food , we love trying new stuff .. we’ve had Japanese , Thai , Vietnamese , Korean , Indian , Italian , Mexican , American (obviously) , Indonesian , French cuisine . But .. middle eastern / Mediterranean ? I never had them before ..
So , to ease my curiosity , i put tahini aka sesame paste on my grocery list , unfortunately the grocery store we go to , only have this huge jar of sesame paste , and doesn’t look to appetizing since the oil already separate from the sesame paste itself .. I wondered if it’s getting too old and it’s been sitting on the shelf too long . Then it occured to me that we had a middle eastern restaurant near by , and it also has the grocery store .. of course carries middle eastern stuff . There we were , yesterday , walked into the middle eastern grocery store , me , asian chinese woman and my white caucasian husband , we never felt so out of place .. LOL .. just kidding .. but anyway .. we found what we’re looking for . Although they sell hummus in can , the ready made hummus , we didn’t buy it , because i wanted to make my own hummus .. and i needed to get tahini , sesame paste . We did ..
I tried it this afternoon for our lunch , it turned out to be very tasty , delicious .. with a lil kick since i added red ground pepper . But me and my husband loved it , we both never had hummus before , i served it as a spread on pita bread and i also made tuna salad , put them together , and it was yummy !! The hummus with pita bread only was already tasty enough .. but it’s a good combination with the salad .
Here is how to make hummus :
1 can of 15 oz garbanzo beans , drain and reserve the juice
1 juice of lemon ( i don’t add all the juice , but i add a little at a time as i pulse them , i don’t like anything too lemony )
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp. of table salt or 1 tsp. of kosher salt
1-2 tsp. of red ground pepper
1/3 cup of tahini or sesame paste ( look for this in middle eastern store )
In a bowl of processor , put all ingredients together , pulse , until it comes to a very smooth and moist consistency , adding the water that you reserved as you needed if it’s too thick .
Serve them on a pita bread , if you’d like to make the tuna salad , this is what you need :
14 oz of tuna in oil
1/4 cup of celery , chopped
3-4 tbsp. of yellow onion , chopped
2 tbsp. mayonaisse
1 tsp. dijon mustard
freshly ground black pepper
salt is optional , to me , the tuna is already salty i do not need to add more salt to it
Mix all ingredients until it’s all blended . Then to assemble , broil pita bread for a minute or 2 , take them out , cut into 4 equal pieces , spread the hummus , add the tuna salad . Enjoy !
PS : a friend of mine mentioned that she likes roasted red pepper hummus .. i thought why not trying it , by adding roasted red pepper to the original hummus .. i found recipe for that with a few changes i made
- 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 (4 ounce) jar roasted red peppers
- little juice from lemon juice, adjust to your preference
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Use your food processor to make a smooth and creamy hummus .