Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cilantro hummus

I went hummus crazy a few yrs ago when I tried Mediterranean sandwich at Panera for the first time. Panera needs no introduction for bread loves all over the east coast. The sandwich had nothing fancy to it but whatever simple staple they use, it is pretty awesome in itself.
Coming back to hummus, I ordered this separately at Panera's just to speculate & get to the bottom of " what really makes this so great!". A few tries to perfect this led to an amazing sense of pride of actually bringing the taste close to the original. Check it out to believe it!
Pic coming soon...

1 (15 oz) can chickpeas drained ( to cut down on sodium)
2 jalapeno, finely minced
2 pinches, red pepper flakes
juice of one lime
1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
2 tbs tahini ( sesame oil)
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small garlic clove

Process the chickpeas, cilantro and garlic until well blended and smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Transfer into a serving bowl, make a well and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Serve with pita chips or a spread to subs and sandwiches.

G's note: this can be stored up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


Indrani said...

Is it the Panera at Chapel Hill you are talking about?

G said...

No dear....Panera everywhere has the std recipes that they use....but remember I asked for spread on the side to get the real deal of whats in it? I had to put my sweetest smile and very interested look with raised eyebrows to acheive it! well, it worked!