Fahim no likey hummus?

17 November 2005
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I found tahini here about a month and a half or so ago – and boy, was I surprised! But the grocery store has been getting in more foreign food lately, so happy day, happy day!

Then I couldn’t find chickpeas, or, as they’re locally known, gram. I know they exist here – chickpea flour is available everywhere. So*, I just assumed the grocery store was out and kept looking. [Big Grin] I found some a couple of weeks ago. [Big Grin]

Happy day, happy day!

Now. I asked Fahim if he liked hummus. He said no. I told him I was making it anyway, but I wouldn’t force him to eat any. Fine, no problem.

So I made it. With this recipe:

  • 2 c chick peas, soaked and cooked or canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 head garlic, minced (not enough – next time, I’ll make it 1 1/2 or 2 heads of garlic)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (can’t get lemons or lemon juice here, but lime is everywhere)
  • 1/4 c water
  • 2 T tahini (sesame paste) (I don’t like an obvious taste of tahini, so I cut it down)
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder (not the dark brown stuff you guys use for making chile – this stuff is bright red and analogous to powdered red chili peppers)

Fahim’s comment? It’s good. 😀 I gave him a dollop – say, 1/4 cup. He wanted more. I doubled it. He was way happier.

Originally, I only added 2 teaspoons of chili powder, but it wasn’t enough for him, which is why it ended up with 1.5 T of the stuff – much better, as far as we’re both concerned.

And yeah, not enough garlic. Not by a long shot. 😀

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