Hummus is an easy to make and affordable dip or spread from the Middle East. I like the fact that you can make it in 10 minutes and need not use a single pan. Moreover, it’s nutritious – high in iron and vitamins C and B6 as well as a good source of protein and dietary fiber.
You should be able to buy all the ingredients necessary to make enough hummus to serve for four people for approximately $10. Ingredients include:1 16oz. can of garbanzo beans / chickpeas 1 red onion 1/4 cup of liquid from can of garbanzo beans / chickpeas 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil 2 garlic cloves 1+ tablespoon of tahini Pinch of salt Pinch of cumin The juice from half a lemon
The process could not be more simple. Add the ingredients into a food processor and blend until they are fully mixed. You may be tempted to omit the tahini and cumin if you don’t have this in your cupboards, but it is the combination of these ingredients that really provide the flavor associated with hummus and you’ll do yourself a disservice so don’t substitute these.
Optional: For garnish you may include finely chopped chives. The green coloring and flavoring really enhances the spread.