Creamy Chickpea Spread

This Middle Eastern dip also known as hummus contains tahini, a paste made of ground toasted sesame seeds. Look for it on the condiment aisle or in the ethnic food section of most supermarkets.


Makes 1 1/4 cups

Recipe from

Southern Living


1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon tahini
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground*
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
Pita bread triangles, pita chips, or assorted fresh vegetables


Process first 11 ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired. Serve with pita bread, pita chips, or vegetables.

*1/4 teaspoon ground cumin may be substituted.

June 2004
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