This one's from my mom's kitchen.. Another Arabic dish, just like Muttable
She says: "As for the arabic recipes, hummus is one of our favorites. It's made of chick peas (kabuli channa) mixed with some other ingredients. "
Take about 200 gms (Approx half a pound) of chick peas and soak them overnight.
Boil these with a tblsp of oil till very soft. Let this cool. Then grind this in a mixer (with little water from the boiled peas) with approx 2 heaped tblsp. of tahini/tahina (sesame seed paste), 6-8 cloves of garlic, juice of one lemon or to taste, salt & a tblsp of olive oil. Grind this mixture to a smooth paste. The consistency should be somewhat like that of mayonnaise. After taking it out in a dish, add approx half a cup of olive oil & stir lightly. The oil should float on the top. ( Makes 3-4 servings).
Serve with pitta bread, oilves & salad of your choice. And for the non- vegetarians it goes well with dry/roast chicken & kababs