Friday, October 5, 2012

FFWD ~ Hummus bi Tahini

Delicious Hummus bi Tahini

This recipe is probably the easiest I’ve done for French Fridays.  Hummus is an Arabic word meaning “chickpeas”.  Hummus is something I grew up on…well kind of.  I don’t remember my grandmother making it.  Maybe because; back then there were no blenders or food processors.  However, my Auntie Mary was the hummus maker in our family. She would make it for parties and get togethers. The first time I remember eating this wonderful concoction was while visiting my three aunties with my mother. I guess I was in my early teens. Hummus is a national dish in Lebanon along with tabouleh. They even have contests with Israel to see who makes the best and biggest!

In May 2010, the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of hummus
in the world, returned to Lebanon. The winning dish, cooked by 300 cooks
in the village of al-Fanar near Beirut, weighed approximately 10450 kg (roughly 23000 lb)

When I was a young bride, I started to make it myself to bring to family gatherings. After one such event, my sister asked me how hard it was to make. She wanted to make some herself.  I gave her the recipe from a Lebanese cookbook my mother had given me when I got married.  I told her how easy it was. Just put everything into the blender jar.  A few days later my sister called, telling me she would never make hummus again…it took her forever to peel all those chick peas!! My mom and I laughed so hard at the thought of her peeling each and every chick pea in the Progresso can. My sister and I still laugh about it today!
So I made my hummus, but I don’t mess with a good thing. Sorry Dorie but, you can’t improve on our recipe.  However, Dories recipe is quite close.  I would never put cumin in my hummus! It’s done quite often, but not by me.  I also use more lemon juice…about a ¼ cup or to taste. Always from fresh lemons.  If it seems too thick, you can thin it with about ½ cup of water.  Sometimes I add other ingredients, to change it up a bit, like roasted red peppers. That’s what I did with this one!  In my house, you can’t have a holiday appetizer table with out hummus and pita chips. I often make it for myself to eat during the week for lunch, with veggies or pita.  My four year old grandsons love it for lunch sometimes eating it by spoonfuls! Hey it’s healthy…so why not enjoy!!  Happy Friday everyone!!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.  To see what my fellow Doristas are doing check it out here.
I always use Progresso chick peas,  fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic cloves and tahini…some times I add roasted red pepper
or sun dried tomatoes.
It’s so easy in the food processor
A wonderful concoction…yum!
I always drizzle olive oil on mine
Enjoy!!

34 comments:

  1. It's early, early AM at my house, I'm awake because I'm jet-lagged and am laughing myself silly over your Sister peeling chickpeas. Don't we all have a personal disaster story like that? (I do, but I'm not tellin'.) It was interesting to read a bit about your background. Your early food experiences are much more interesting in a cosmopolitan sort-of-way than mine were. Especially love that you had an Aunt named Mary. I tend to lean toward your choice of ingredients for Hummus rather than Dorie's.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I've heard that different countries in the middle east make hummus with different amounts of tahini and lemon, and it seems like it would be awfully easy to play around with this recipe and really make it to your own tastes. I'll definitely be making it again.

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  3. As easy as this recipe is, I didn't get it made - I even bought all the ingredients! My husband is not a fan of Cumin, so I probably would have left it out anyway. I will try your version when I do make it. Very nice post!

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  4. Tasty looking hummus! And, I love that bowl!

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  5. Kathy, such a fantastic story, very pretty bowl and delicious looking hummus - so interesting to read that this is a staple dish in your house. I decided to add more freshly squeezed lemon juice to the hummus as well, as I found the taste a bit "too heavy" without it.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. I love my hummus with more juice and no cumin, just like you. I simply love it! I used to go to parties given by couples in the Lebanese community here that had the most wonderful food ever. Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  7. Beautiful presentation. The addition of roasted peppers o;r sun dried tomatoes sounds delicious. I need to try it - we love hummus at my house. Loved the story about your sister and the chick peas.

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  8. I was wondering what you, in particular, would think of this version, as I know that you have your own arsenal of tried and true Middle Eastern recipes. Funny about your sister peeling the chickpeas. I actually saw a recipe once that said for the smoothest hummus, you should peel them. I passed that one by. Too much work!

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  9. LOL LOL LOL I bet your poor sister's fingers were swollen and sore. But it is hilarious.

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  10. I've always enjoyed hummus and I would love to try my hand out at making my own... it looks so easy and delicious!

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  11. My son and I were just looking at the record setting hummus dish, we were both sooo impressed!
    I like your version, Dorie's tasted a bit bland for me. Like the colour of yours too!

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  12. Simple and very delicious my friend, I love the colour :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. If anyone would have the "gold standard" hummus recipe, I knew it would be you :-)
    Love your additions!

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  14. LOL!! your sister did just what I expect any of my siblings to do when I give them a recipe! I hope she has found the canned ones, or at the very least, the peeled ones in a bag by now! How funny! ;) I bet you think of that every time you make hummus now. I have the perfect picture in my head of one of those old cartoon strips where that poor fellow is stuck in a room chock-full of potatoes to peel with a tiny swiss army knife and now its of your sister in a huge room full of chickpeas :) have a great weekend!

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  15. Am enjoying reading your posts very much. Learning a lot from the way you take photographs

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  16. I enjoyed the story of your sister peeling the chickpeas. Hubby's mother was always soaking and cooking chickpeas from
    scratch for some of her Italian dishes and I thought, that's not for me, I went straight to the can to make life easier. They
    work just as well. Your hummus looks wonderfully delicious.

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  17. I clearly remember the story about your sister and the chick peas. When you told me we both laffed so hard tears ran down my face. She was so determined to make it as good as you do. You taught me to love hummus, my Dutch Mom didn't make that sort of thing. I will need to get your recipe. Since it's just the two of us I usually buy it made. I always eat all of yours at the holidays I'm lucky enough to spend with you.

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  18. I didn't know that you lived in the middle east!! I lived in Saudi Arabia for 3 years, even though the Saudis don't make hummus - they just use a thin sauce made from tahini - there were so many Lebanese restaurants in Riyadh and I got so used to it. I have never seen it made with cumin though. I tried it and I liked it but I don't think it is for everyday! Simple is better in this case :)

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    1. Maria, I’ve never lived in the middle east. My mothers parents came to the US from Lebanon. So, I am very familiar with Lebanese cuisine.

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  19. I wasn't sure about this one with my family, so I didn't make it. I love the color of your hummus.

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  20. I loved learning your family history with hummus...and I believe your family recipe is the best! Though Dorie's was darn tasty!

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  21. Why mess with your favourite hummus recipe when it comes out so beautifully! Thanks for sharing your family stories about it, too. I can see my own sister peeling the chickpeas and complaining about it later! Hope you're having a great weekend.

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  22. What a great family story! I'm sure your sister won't ever forget it, even if you let her! Your hummus recipe sounds terrific.

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  23. Oh, this hummus looks fabulous! I love the way trends go in food blogging. I'll often see a recipe for one thing posted by several people in the same time period. Chickpea recipes are a must, certainly!

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  24. Glad this recipe brought back happy memories for you. Your hummus looks great.

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  25. I don't usually use cumin in hummus but thought I'd try it this time. It was okay but I won't be repeating it! Nice story Kathy.

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  26. Oh my- I think I am still cringing more than laughing at the thought of the chickpea peeling. Wow :) Love when we have a fun family story to share. And enjoyed not only your own gorgeous photos but that fun one of the Guinness Book Hummus. It is very nice that we get to enjoy your family background and insight regarding Hummus -an unexpected perk considering it is a French cooking group. I am absolutely using Progresso next time.......

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  27. Hummus with sesame paste...sounds and looks terrific!

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  28. Kathy, I loved reading your story of the 'hummus' about your family. I have been making hummus the way you make it...or is it Dorie?...because I use the same ingredients too!
    Your hummus, looks so creamy, perfect, and delicious. The serving bowl is so attractive, as well:) Have a wonderful week!

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  29. I am glad you shared your family's story around hummus Kathy, it was so fun to read it! Since I live in Greece I am very close to the origin of this recipe and I get to enjoy it very often. Yours look absolutely mouthwatering!

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  30. Kathy, I love the family stories, too funny about the peeling of the chickpeas! Your hummus looks amazing, so creamy!

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  31. Your sister will be hearing about peeling those chickpeas for a long time (mine is still hearing about clogging the toilet by flushing down a whole hamburger when she was around 4)! My kids love hummus and it works as well as an un-healthy sour cream dip for getting them to dig into raw vegetables.

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  32. Thank you for sharing your story, Kathy. It is so interesting to hear other people's food "histories". I can see why you wouldn't want to mess with your recipe - it looks delicious!

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