Sofra Mediterranean Kitchen

Sofra brings you the best of Lebanese, Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine right here in Vancouver. Restaurant dedicated to the regional cuisine where east meets west, where the fusion of flavours combines effortlessly from freshly baked traditional Pida and pastries to the array of meat and vegetable dishes.

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Homemade Hummus

Sofra Mediterranean Kitchen

Hummus chickpea dip

Homemade Hummus / Chickpea and Tahini Dip

Hummus is one of the most famous and most popular of all Middle Eastern meze, and it is eaten at all times of day as a snack or even a meal in itself. Local cooks often serve it with attractive garnishes, such as pomegranate seeds or chopped green onions.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves 4
1 15-oz. can chickpeas
2 to 3 tbsp. tahini*
2 cloves garlic, crushed with a garlic, press or the back of a spoon
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 tbsp.), or more to taste
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cumin
1 to 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. paprika, cayenne pepper, or cumin
2 tsp. olive oil
1. Reserve the liquid from the canned
chickpeas. Combine chickpeas,
tahini, crushed garlic, lemon juice,
salt, and cumin in a blender or
food processor. Add 2 to 3 tbsp. of
the reserved chickpea liquid and
process at medium or “puree”
speed until mixture is a smooth
paste. Add more chickpea liquid or
water if necessary to get a moist,
2. spreadable dip.
Place hummus in a wide, shallow
serving dish. Garnish with parsley
and sprinkle with paprika, cayenne,
or cumin. Drizzle olive oil over all
and serve with pita bread.**

*Tahini is available in Middle Eastern, Greek,
and Asian groceries or in the international or
gourmet section of many supermarkets.This
ingredient has a very strong flavor, so add
according to your tastes.
**For a creamier hummus, stir in 1⁄4 c. plain
yogurt or 1 tbsp. olive oil before serving. For an
added crunch, top with 1⁄4 c. lightly sautéed
pine nuts or walnut pieces.