I studied abroad in Jerusalem in college. It was a fabulous 5 months where I learned many many things and fell in love with even more things.
I fell in love with the harsh landscape of the Judean Wilderness. I fell in love with the waters, flowers, and waterfalls in Galilee. I fell in love with ALL of the people, and appreciated their hospitality and kindness. I fell in love with the kids that played soccer with a flat ball on a dirt hill and loved that I played with them. I fell in love with Islam and Judaism and people that believed wholeheartedly in it. I fell in love with the Western Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock. I fell in love with Nutella and this little crepe shop with the best dessert crepes. I fell in love with falafels and hummus.
I truly fell in love!
I have tried making falafel balls several times, but have yet had the success I need/want to share it with y'all. Holler if you have an amazing recipe!
After coming back to the US I searched for the best hummus as well. I couldn't quite find a recipe that gave me the authentic taste I was looking for, so I eventually settled on hummus I found in the stores. Which is okay, but they just didn't have the Middle Eastern Hummus taste that I love.
Finally, a friend in Denver, Amanda, is a hummus lover as well and has an uncle that lives in Israel. This awesome uncle shared with Amanda the trick to delicious homemade hummus. Amanda shared it with me, and I am now sharing it with you. It involves a can of beans and the stove.
This Real Deal Authentic Hummus is easy to make and tastes authentic. You can feel free to add red-peppers or garlic (roasted is my favorite) or just eat it plain. I like it every single way. It's delicious!
Recipe: Alohamora and Amanda's Uncle
Active Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: none
Servings: About 1 cup of Hummus
1 can (15oz) Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas
1/4 c. tahini
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 c. boiling bean liquid
salt and pepper to taste
- In a small pot over medium to low heat heat the beans and liquid until they begin to boil.
- Remove the beans, but keep the liquid on a gentle boil/simmer. The warm beans and the bean liquid is the secret trick and the key to authentic tasting hummus.
- Place beans in a food processor. I have this small one and it works great, but I bet a blender would work fine as well.
- Add tahini, lemon juice, spices and the boiling bean liquid.
- Start mixing/chopping it until smooth and to your desired consistency.
- Add more lemon juice and bean liquid as needed.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve this hummus dip with veggies of your choice, or crackers. This also tastes fabulous in a pita with sprouts, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.
- Serve warm after freshly making it or cold from the fridge.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Happy healthy, vegetarian, Real Authentic Hummus eating!