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Zesty Hummus Recipe

Updated on February 26, 2014

Hummus is an Arabic word for chickpeas. This delicious snack is popular in the Middle East. It has been consumed for more than a thousand years in Arabic countries. The earliest known recipes for this cold dish where recorded in 13th century Egypt. This dish is high in vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin C, folate, and vitamin B6. It is high in protein and dietary fiber. The recipe I am about to offer you is lower in fat than most. I have eliminated olive oil as an ingredient. This has been replaced with water.


1 Can of Chickpeas

1 Clove of Garlic

1/4 Cup of Tahini

1/2 Cup of Water

1 Lemon

1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder


Crushed Red Chili


1/ Open the can of chickpeas. Strain and rinse in a colander.

2/ Cut the lemon and squeeze out the juice straight into the blender.

3/ Peel garlic clove and chop up in order to save your blender from doing all the work.

4/ Add garlic to the blender.

5/ Add chickpeas and tahini.

6/ Add water.

7/ Add chili powder.

8/ Blend on high until it is at the desired consistency. You can add more water if you want it to be more fluid.

9/ Sprinkle with parsley and crushed red chili.

10/ Serve!


Chickpeas are a great way to reduce cholesterol in our diets. It is a very filling food which helps dieters ward off hunger cravings. They are also known as garbanzo beans. They were originally cultivated in the Middle East where they have been a favorite for hundreds of years. Chick peas are high in protein and fiber. They have a very low glycemic index. This low glycemic index means you feel full longer on a food which is low in calories.

Chickpeas are low in cholesterol. This helps decrease your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for American women. In the 2004 census it was reported that 27% of women died due to heart disease that year.

This versatile bean is able to be used in many dishes. It makes a great curry. It is a great replacement for meat. It can be used in salad. Hummus is not the only dish it can be prepared in. It can be stored for a long time for emergencies. It can be purchased as a canned good or as a dried bean. This long shelf life makes it a great thing to stock up on.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Tasty looking!

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      cargo123 3 years ago

      hey ! my husband like it most and i do prepare it with same method . thanks for the post!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Hummus is one of my favorites although I rarely make my own.