1-1/3 cups boiled chick-peas (garbanzos), or 2 cups drained, rinsed, canned chick-peas
1/2 to 1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons salt
3 medium-sized garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup tahina sauce
With Blender: Put ingredients into blender. Blend about 15 seconds to make an almost
smooth, thick paste.
Without Blender: Reserve 1/4 cup of juice from canned chick-peas, or liquid from boiled
peas. Mash peas through a sieve and mix all ingredients thoroughly.
To Serve: Spread hummus on plates and cover with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Garnish with
ground cumin and paprika. Peas, chopped pickles, green peppers, and parsley can be used as
a gamish. Serve at room temperature with small pieces of pita bread or sour French bread for
Adapted, with permission, from the Arabic Cookbook, Najda Publishers, Box 7152, Berkeley,