Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Snacks night with The Logans :)

Whenever we plan a meet up with Tina,I know it is going to involve chocolate and something VERY healthy to offset the damage from Chocolate :D Since Tina and Jeff are my fellow Chocoholics!
A few days ago,they spent a few hours with us and I thought this will be a perfect time to try making Hummus for the first time.
I made Hummus and Tahini from scratch and absolutely loved it! I know I won't be buying Hummus from any store ever again,because I can add fresh Jalapenos to my hummus and give it that kick of flavor that I love :D of course, spicy food make Maani a very happy guy!
You should try making Hummus at home too! it is so easy and did I mention VERY yummy!
1 cup Sesame seeds
1/8 cup of Olive Oil.
Toast the Sesame seeds in a skillet on medium high heat stirring frequently otherwise the seeds will burn.Once you see the seeds turning golden take them out of the hot skillet.
When the seeds are at room temperature,put them in your food processor and add oil and blend until they turn into a nice smooth paste.Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Soak 1 cup of Chick Peas(Garbanzo beans) over night in a large bowl filled with water.
Next morning, drain the water and wash your garbanzo beans.Pour them in a deep pot(dutch oven) add at least 6 cups of water and if you like you can add 1/4 teaspoon of salt for flavor.Let this come to a boil,then reduce the heat to medium high and continue boiling until the garbanzo beans are tender.
Once your beans are cooked drain the excess water and let them come to room temperature.Take out 1/4 cup of Garbanzo beans aside and forget about them until it is time to party!
Now you can start making your hummus.
You will need.
Boiled Garbanzo Beans
3/4 cup of Tahini paste you made.
4-6 cloves of Garlic
1/4 or 1/2 of fat free yogurt
1 fresh Jalapeno (heehee -insert evil laugh here)
1/2 cup of lemon juice
salt to taste
Add all these ingredient to your food processor and give it a go.Blend until smooth.
This is such a versatile dip to make,you can increase or decrease the amount of lemon juice,tahini paste,add a little bit more spice by adding a pinch of black pepper or just make it without any spice.
Take it out in a cute little bowl,drizzle some olive oil,some boiled garbanzo beans (now you know why I asked you to reserve 1/4 cup of beans =D ) add some dried parsley,sprinkle some Paprika and you have a good looking dip!
Here you can see I served it with fresh cut vegetables,it was very refreshing and super yummy!

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