Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are firm and chewy, with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. They are widely used in Italian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern cooking. If you've tried hummus, you've had chickpeas. Drained and rinsed, chickpeas add texture and protein to salads.
Source: Everyday Food, June 2005
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield Makes 3 cups
2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) chickpeas
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini, well stirred
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving (optional)
Paprika, for serving (optional)
Reserving 1/4 cup liquid from can, drain chickpeas in a colander. Rinse chickpeas well under cold water; shake off excess water.
Process chickpeas and reserved liquid, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cayenne, and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt in a food processor.
Transfer mixture to a serving dish. If desired, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with paprika.
This can be refrigerated, covered, up to one week. Use it in sandwiches or as a dip for vegetables and toasted pita bread.