Friday, December 13, 2013

Easy Pinoy Style Hummus

This is an easier recipe since it doesn't call for Tahini paste, which I haven't found anywhere. The main ingredient is garbanzos, and I've found the best local canned garbanzos brand is Gina. (I also buy their canned green peas and its also good!). You may also substitute calamansi juice for the lemon (I've tried it and didn't notice much difference in taste.) For the oil, you may use corn oil.
I used to make this in a blender, then I tried mashing and blending it using fork and spoon, and its just as good...besides, I hate messy clean-ups :p
As for peeling the skin off the garbanzos, its optional. I usually don't since I'm in a hurry, and I like the added fiber. I don't notice a difference in taste and don't mind if the texture is not so creamy.

Easy Pinoy Style Hummus

1 can (about 1 cup) garbanzos (Gina or Ram brand), drained and mashed with fork (reserve some of the liquid to add to the mixture if you like it creamier)
4-6 T Extra-virgin Olive Oil (you may use more liquid and lesser oil)
2-3 T Lemon juice or calamansi juice
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4-1/2 tsp. sea salt, ground
dash of paprika
olives, for topping

Add all the ingredients (except paprika and olives) to the mashed garbanzos. Put in a blender and blend until smooth, adding more liquid or adjusting seasonings as desired. Transfer to a small bowl.
Serve with a dash of paprika, some olives and a drizzle of olive oil.
This is especially good eaten with crisp vegetables cut into sticks - cucumber, carrot, celery, and turnips are delicious and healthy! Originally enjoyed with Pita bread or crackers, it is a delicious treat but not as healthy ;)

Easy Pinoy Style Hummus