Diet Secrets of The Bible






Aromatic Hummus


  • ½ cup minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon Canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala*
  • 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas/garbanzo beans (16 oz. Can)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt


    In a heavy or nonstick skillet, sauté the onions in the oil on low heat for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, coriander, cumin garam masala, and cayenne and sauté for another minute, stirring constantly to prevent sticking. Stir in the tomatoes, cover, and gently simmer for about 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. In a food processor, grind the chickpeas with just enough reserved liquid to make a smooth purée. Stir the purée into the simmering tomato mixture, add the lime juice and cilantro, and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. Add salt to taste.

    Hummus is great served with toasted pita bread. Take pita pockets and pull them apart into top and bottom. Them quarter the pita bread. You should have 8 quarters. Brush the bread lightly with a mixture of olive oil, salt and garlic powder. Bake on a cookie sheet for no more than 8 minutes at 350°. Make sure you check the bread though because you don’t want to burn it.

    This is a different type of snack to put out for guests. Hummus is one of those things that people think they have to buy at the gourmet store (if they even know what it is). In fact, hummus is pretty easy to make (see the Easy Hummus recipe.

    *Garam masala is a spice mix that you can find in Asian food stores or make yourself. You can find recipes in Indian cookbooks


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