Since I’ve known Tahini, I had always wondered what is the difference (if there was any) between what we know as tahini and as hummus. As to what I had been introduced in my culture somehow people call the real Hummus a Tahini. So I wanted to point out the difference just so we get to know a little bit more about this Middle Eastern preparation.
Tahini is a thick paste made out of sesame seeds. Its flavor is strong and it’s usually not eaten on it’s own.
Hummus is a preparation that includes tahini (just a small portion) within a mix of chickpeas (garbanzo), olive oil and some other spices. This is what we all in the western world have eaten and erroneously call Tahini. So now we know what we are eating
So it’s almost Christmas and we’ve been heading to family dinners and meetings almost every day. Planning food options as a host can be hectic, but remember that entrees or appetizers are a great way to satisfy all as you socialize as well. That’s why we are sharing this amazing recipe that you can blend into lot’s of possibilities.
Paprika Hummus (Serves about 2 cups)
1 can of chickpeas (15 oz)
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of saffron
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of Tahini paste (look it up at the supermarket)
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 cup of jarred red peppers (I found a paste of peppers at the supermarket which worked great, it just gets you over many steps if you wanna do them at home, remember it’s holiday time, and we must better enjoy it with the family:))
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Pepper to taste
1. Mix all the ingredients except the oil, in a food processor. Blend and mix as much as necessary to get a smooth paste, soft enough for dipping but thick enough to spread
*A big parenthesis just to show you my beautiful company. By no chance do they leave me on my own while I’m home
2. Watch out for whole chickpeas, or whole garlic cloves, biting on either one could be quite annoying.
3. Add the olive oil gradually as you blend the mixture.
4. Taste it, and if you happen to like more salt, lemon etc, feel free to add them.
5. Enjoy as a dip, as a spread, as a side. You decide promise you will love it! And, a plus…it’s packed with protein for those looking to replace animal protein, or working out.
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