"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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