I sooo love hummus. Let me rephrase that, I LOVE homemade hummus, the store bought stuff I can do without. It would always be in my fridge if I could only restrain from eating the entire recipe as soon as I make it.
For the past two months I have been thinking a lot about everything you could possibly do with Tahini, sesame paste. Most of my thoughts have focused on hummus. Jinan, the city in China I have been calling my temporary home is in the middle kingdom's sesame belt. You find it in everything. Street vendors offer oil, flour, seeds and will even grind it into a sauce for you on the spot.
What you don't find alot of in Jinan is chickpeas. My mission to find them has been unfruitful. Then the other day I spied a can of butter beans in the French grocery store, Carrefour. An epiphany led me to realize I just needed to think outside the box. The result was a creamier version, perfect for all the vibrant vegetables I carry home each day from our neighborhoods farmer's market.
- 1 can of butter beans (If you are a hummus purest - you can use chick peas)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion or 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp Tahini
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp Lemon Ginger Curry
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1tsp sea salt or Fish Sauce
Drain beans keeping 1/4 cup of their liquid. Pour the ingredients into a bowl or food processor and blender or pulse until smooth. Adding small amounts of the reserved liqud until it becomes soft and creamy. Great as a vegetable dip or for adding to your sandwich roll-ups. For a different rice or pasta sauce, add some of the hot cooking water and toss.
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Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini