Hummus Is Yummus!

Abby Harris, 127 YinD

I made hummus this weekend and here’s how it went!!
In my most recent care package from home, among many other amazing things, my sister sent me our old food processor and supplies to make hummus!! I guess you could say I’ve finally hit my limit with Thai food, so this package could not have come at a better time.

Last weekend, I had a chance to get down to business and make this magic happen. I made sure to soak the chickpeas overnight Saturday and then Sunday I grabbed my sister’s recipe and went to work.IMG_0552
The recipe was actually very simple to follow. I feel like the only real hiccups in making this in Thailand would be access to a food processor and some of the more obscure ingredients like tahini and the core ingredient – chickpeas. I was lucky enough that my sister included those in the package, but I have seen both of those ingredients in western grocery stores in Bangkok as well as Udon… so if you’re really determined and still have money in your account.. it is possible!
Another tip would be to make sure the food processor you use is functional. While the one from my sister did get the job done, it was definitely touch and go for a bit. With the first pulse of the “chop” button, it immediately smelled like something burning that should not be burning…and I saw flashes happening inside the base of the processor. At the very end of the process, I definitely saw smoke coming up from the base, but it held on and in the end I got my hummus! 🙂 And it is quite tasty.
Yummus Hummus:
15 oz canned chickpeas (or about 2 cups, if you’re using chickpeas from a bag — also make sure to soak them first)
1/4 C fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1/4 C tahini
1/2 large garlic clove
2 tbsp olive oil (I just used vegetable oil)
1 tsp kosher salt (I just used regular salt)
1/2 tsp cumin
2-3 tbsp water (… not sure why this is in the recipe because I never used it… )
** if you don’t have the exact ingredients, no worries – it’s Thailand.. just improvise!
– In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process for an extra 30 seconds. Really whip it up!
– Add olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt. Process for 30 seconds. Scrape side of bowl and process for another 30 seconds.
– Add 1/2 the chickpeas and process for 1 minute. Scrape down sides and add remaining chickpeas, then process for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
*add chili powder for a spicy version
Eat with bread, crackers, carrots, broccoli, or whatever your tummy desires!! Enjoy!

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