I had a sudden crush on Hummus ,its flavor and that smooth consistency conquered my taste buds the day I had it from one of our friends house, so decided to make it the next day itself.
Glad that at least after 2 months I could make it at home , actually I was in search of a low priced Tahini Paste which I couldn’t find, as in her recipe she underlined this ingredient (Tahini) and I didn’t want to take chances as if my Hummus didn’t come out well , Soccer man will declare to trash it.
But now I know Tahini paste can be used in many ways beyond Homemade Hummus , it has a consistency similar to Peanut Butter , can think about using it as an alternative for the same – Idea from www.yumsugar.com
Since Tahini is just Sesame seed Paste , decided to try making it at home as it couldn’t be easier.
Its just grinding Sesame seeds with little Olive oil and salt ,
Ingredients for Tahini
White Sesame seeds – 3/4 cup
Olive oil – 4 Tb sp (Approx , depending on how thick you want it)
Salt to taste
* Preheat the oven to 375 Degree F , Spread the sesame seeds on a Cookie sheet/Baking tray , Bake for 5 to 7 minutes placing the tray in the middle.
* Switch off the oven , take out the tray , mix and re spread the seeds and keep it back again in to the oven (which is switched off) keep for 2 to 3 minutes.
Seeds lightly changes it color
Toasting the seeds boosts up its natural nuttiness.
* Transfer these toasted seeds to a mixing bowl/food processor and grind it for a minute (to powder it first) then drizzle olive oil over it and grind it again to make a paste , do season it (I didn’t add salt as I made it to make Hummus this time , will be adding salt to Hummus anyway)
Tahini stays in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
May add more Olive Oil to make it loose
I didn’t store it this time , as I used it for making Hummus.
Chick Peas / Garbonzo Beans – 2 cups (Cooked , I used 16oz Can)
Yogurt – 1/4 cup
Tahini /Sesame Seed paste – 1/2 cup
Lemmon Juice – squeezed juice from 1 Big Lemmon (May use more if you like)
Garlic – 3 no’s
Mint leaves – 4 to 5 no’s
Water – 2 Tb sp (optional – if you want it loose , I didn’t use)
Salt to taste
Olive Oil – 4 Tb sp (or more – up to 1/4 cup )
Cayenne Pepper / I used Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
Parsley leaves & some Black or Green Olives
* To a food processor or a Blender , drop the garlic first and then add all the other ingredients,
Grind to make a smooth paste (add water if necessary) , transfer to a bowl.
* Pour Olive oil and sprinkle Cayenne Pepper / Red chili Powder on top
Garnish this dish with olives (Optional) and some chopped Parsley.
Serve with Pita bread ,or Pita Bread Chips , Crackers or Vegetables
In some recipes they have added cumin seeds / cumin powder , if you like the taste do add the same.
Hummus stays in fridge for up to 7 days , store in air tight containers.