Monday, April 26, 2010

Fresh Chickpea Hummus

This Middle Eastern staple just might be one of the World's oldest food with origins dating back to the ancient Egyptians. Nutritionally its a super food that's high in iron, vitamin C, also a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Eat it with the classic combination of pita bread and it's a complete protein. I have seen and used fresh-in-the-pod chick peas before, but still get excited by it's rare appearance. One pound of fresh pods will yield about 2 cups of hummus. It has a creamy texture with a rich nutty taste and over tones of citrus, garlic and oregano.

Fresh Hummus
1 pound fresh shelled chickpeas
1 clove garlic
2 T sesame tahini paste
Pinch fresh oregano or dried
juice of one lemon
3 T extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste

1. Cook chickpeas in boiling salted water for about a minute, drain.
2. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend till smooth, a touch of water might be needed.
3. Add salt to taste.

Serve with a flat bread such as pita and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Note: the color is not wrong -it really is green when fresh.

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