Hummus with sesame oil is regular hummus without the use of tahini. Some people find tahini to have too much of a strong flavor. Sesame oil is the perfect substitute for hummus without tahini.
Many children don't like tahini, so this is a great recipe to make for them.
What Is Hummus?
Hummus is a dip/spread that is made from chickpeas. In fact, hummus is the Arabic word for chickpea. You may notice that many hummus recipes call for garbanzo beans, not chickpeas. Garbanzo is the Spanish translation of chickpea. They are called cece beans in Italy.
Hummus is one of the oldest foods dating back to ancient Egypt. We know that chickpeas were used quite frequently over 7,000 years ago.
Serving Hummus as an Appetizer
Hummus really does make a great alternative to chips and dip. Serve one type of hummus or a variety with hot pita bread wedges, pita chips, fresh veggies, or try one of these appetizer ideas with hummus.
Presentation is important when it comes to hummus because it looks bland most of the time. Bland usually equals boring and you don't want the hummus to be passed up because it looks boring. Sprinkle red pepper flakes or paprika on top to add a little color. Serve hummus in brightly colored bowls. Presentation can be almost as important as the taste.
No matter how you eat it, hummus is a healthy snack and is certainly better for you than the old standby of salsa and tortilla chips.
If you frequent Middle Eastern restaurants and eat the hummus, you know that hummus tastes different everywhere. Some types of hummus have a strong lemon flavor, some have an overwhelming garlic flavor, and some hummus has a spicy tone. When making your own hummus, you have to keep your own tastebuds in mind. The fun thing about Middle Eastern cooking is that the ingredient amounts aren't set in stone. Add a little of this and take away that and you still have a culinary masterpiece!
- 1 can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and towel dried
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2-3 tablespoons warm water
In a food processor, blend chickpeas, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add garlic and spices, then sesame oil and water and blend to a smooth paste. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if mixture is too dry.
Serve warm or at room temperature with fresh veggies or pita bread for dipping.