This is a delicious variation on the familiar hummus made from chickpeas. It takes only minutes to make in your food processor. Serve with wedges of pita bread or assorted crackers.
• 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained well
• 1 / 4 cup water
• 1 / 4 cup sesame paste (tahini)*
• 1 medium garlic clove, minced
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• Salt, to taste
• Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Place all the ingredients except the parsley in a food processor fitted with the metal blade in the order given. Process until smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl as necessary.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Can serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if left a few hours so the ingredients have a good chance to marry well. Garnish with parsley. Makes about 2 cups.
Per (1 // 4-cup) serving: 112 calories, 64 percent calories from fat, 8 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, no cholesterol, 8 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams total fiber, .5 grams total sugars, 6 grams net carbs, 4 grams protein, 12 milligrams sodium.
*Available at some supermarkets, Middle Eastern markets and gourmet shops.