Friday, September 10, 2010

Spicy Chickpea Dip

"Is there chicken in chickpeas?"  Helen Adams

There's no chicken in chickpeas, but chickpeas are the most widely consumed legume in the world! This particular recipe for  a hearty, nutritious dip came about quite by accident.  Not long ago I was making a batch of hummus, but forgot to add tahini.  If you've never heard of tahini, it's ground sesame seeds (or sesame butter like peanut butter). 

I didn't realize I'd neglected to add it until after I tasted the finished product.  The dip I made instead was lighter than "real" hummus (not to mention less fattening), but tasted great, just the same. 

Having a party this weekend?  Serve this.  Great with pita bread or raw vegetables.  For traditional hummus, just add 1/2 cup tahini.

Spicy Chickpea Dip

2 cups cooked (or canned) chickpeas
2 1/2 T lemon juice
2 T olive oil
2 T water
1 1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t cumin

Place all ingredients in food precessor or blender.  Blend until smooth.

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Rosanne Dingli said...

This sounds so easy - and delicious. Have you ever been tempted to put a recipe in a story? This one is perfect. You are invited to see one I have done, Mary:

The story is called "The Astronomer's Pig" - scroll down a little past the'fold', and click to enjoy!

Maria McKenzie said...

Hi Roseanne! I couldn't get the link to work, but I enjoyed browsing around your web page and blog. And yes, I have been tempted to put a recipe in a story!