Hoummous Bi Thini
Chick pea dip
Makes: approx 3 cups
Cooking time: approx 1 ½ hours.
1 ½ cups chick peas, soaked overnight
2 teaspoons salt
Approx 2 cloves garlic
¾ cup tahini
approx ½ cup lemon juice
pinch cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoons chopped
parsley to garnish
Drain the soaked chick peas, place in a pot and add
there times their amount of water. Add 1 teaspoon
salt and bring to the boil. Boil vigorously for
about 10 minutes, turn the heat down, cover the
saucepan and simmer until the chick peas are very
soft- approx 1 hour. Drain liquid off and reserve.
Reserve ½ cup of the whole, cooked chick peas for
garnish. Purée the remainder of the peas by pressing
through a sieve or placing in blender.
Crush the garlic with the remaining teaspoon of
salt. Beat or blend it into the purée.
Slowly beat in the tahini and lemon juice
alternately. Blend in a little of the reserved
liquid to make the mixture a thick creamy
consistency. Adjust salt and lemon to taste.
Serve on a platter garnished with a pinch of cayenne
pepper, parsley and the reserved chick peas.