I am such my grandfather's granddaughter. More than anyone else in the family, I have his adoration for trivia, details, spices, and ethnic fare. Along with his taste for curry and hot sauce (he once tasted a flight of habanero sauces without blinking an eye or touching the water cup - at age 70!), Grandpa's got a rather deft hand in the kitchen - especially when it comes to scrambled eggs, pancakes, and my favourite - garlicky, creamy hummus.
I have yet to perfect Grandpa's recipe for hummus (and there's no point in asking since it's always a slap-dash "chuck in the blender" type thing), but I do know that it is tangy with lemon and packed with garlicky goodness, and not overly oily either (in fact, I never remember seeing any oil floating to the top of the jars). I don't recall the thick, yet still dippable, spread being super sesame-ish either, hinting that though there was likely the conventional tahini in the mix, it wasn't as much as a lot of the recipes out there. Personally, I don't bother buying tahini since it just sits in the fridge after a single use and goes bad!
When I started playing around with the recipe, I came up with the idea of using simply ground sesame seeds instead. Actually, since I already had a batch of ground sesame seeds mixed with ground and flax seeds on hand, thats what I used. The one thing I learned quickly - and I'm sure Grandpa would definitely approve - is that this definitely tastes best (and is way cheaper!) when you've used home-cooked chickpeas! In fact, the man himself got a taste of it practically out of the processor, and I dare say he enjoyed it as much as I did!
Makes 2 cups
2 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed if canned
4 large cloves garlic
3 tbsp ground sesame seeds (about 1/4 cup ground in a coffee / spice grinder)
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried parsley
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp water
- Combine chickpeas and garlic in a food processor and run the machine until they are finely ground.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except oil and water) and puree in.
- With the machine running, stream in the oil and water, mixing until thoroughly blended.
- Place into a covered container and chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Total Fat: 7.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 324.4 mg
Total Carbs: 15.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
Protein: 5.1 g