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Hummous1 is a lemony chick pea2 dip of Middle Eastern origin. It is a highly sought-after element of the vegetarian packed lunch. It can be eaten as a dip with fresh vegetables and bits of pita, or as a spread on sandwiches.3

A Little Recipe

There are two known ways to acquire hummous: you can go to a restaurant and order it, or your can make it yourself - here is a recipe for making it yourself.


  • 2 x 15oz cans of chick peas
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini4
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor with steel blade installed, and whirl until mixture achieves the consistency of thick paste. Vary amounts of tahini and olive oil to achieve desired creaminess.

Some variations include:

  • Add some cilantro leaves toward the end of process.

  • Add chopped, roasted red pepper.

  • Before processing, add a few black peppercorns.

Refrigerate leftovers.

1Alternatively spelled hummus.2Chick peas are also known as garbanzo beans.3A sandwich of Latvian rye bread, hummous, green leaf lettuce, tomato, and ripe olives is particularly good, for example.4A sesame seed paste available from specialty markets or larger grocery stores.

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