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Basic Hummus

Basic Hummus


1 1/3 cup dry chick peas, about 8 ounces or 1 can (14 ounces) cooked chick peas
3 to 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup tahini or sesame seed paste
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
Large pinch paprika
6 lemon wedges
1/4 cup cured black olives, Kalamata


Place the garbanzo beans, parsley, chives, preserved lemon rind, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, tahini paste, preserved lemon juice, fresh lemon juice and water in a food processor and process until smooth, about 2 minutes. Taste and season with 2 teaspoons salt. Transfer the mixture to a serving plate. Garnish with olives and lemon and serve with pita.

Makes 3 cups