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Video:Quick and Easy Hummus

with Rachel Edelman

Hummus is a traditional Middle-Eastern spread based on chickpeas. It s become very popular around the world, including in American society. This video will be discussed how hummus can be used – in sandwiches, or as a dip.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick and Easy Hummus

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman, for About.com Food. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a Mediterranean dish, hummus.
Hummus is a very popular spread made from chick peas, and it's very easy to make at home. Plus you can also make many different varieties from sun dried tomato hummus to black bean hummus. Today, I'm going to make a spicy garlic hummus. And it can be a great base for any kind of special flavors.
To get started, you will need:
  • A food processor
  • A spoon
  • A spatula
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • cumin
  • lemon juice
  • crushed red pepper
Open your can of chickpeas and drain most of the water. Throw them back in the food processor and add a drizzle of olive oil.

Adding Spices

I'm going to put in some garlic, some cumin, some lemon juice and a pinch of crushed red pepper. The pepper is powerful, so a little bit can go a long way.
Now just turn on the food processor.

Put Inside the Food Processor


When you make your own hummus you can spice it according to your own taste. You can use as much or as little of each ingredient as you may like.
Every once in a while, you may need to turn it off and mix it with your spoon or spatula. Scrape the sides to make sure it all gets in.

Getting the "Right" Flavor

It's important to taste your creation. I think this needs more lemon juice. Consistency is important too.
If it's too thick, you can add some more oil or water.
You can add a special ingredient and make a different flavor. I'll add a spoonful of sun-dried tomato spread. Move it around with your spoon and then turn the processor back on.
Once you are happy with the consistency and taste, take it out and serve. Hummus is an easy and fun snack. Plus it's a healthy alternative to chips and dip.
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