This week I was craving falafel and decided to try and make some from scratch. Then I decided to make hummus and tzatziki sauce as well. Before I knew it, I had a full-scale Mediterranean operation on my hands.
I started by rehydrating two bags of garbanzo beans. This my friends, is a lot of beans. I'd somehow convinced myself it wasn't that much because they look so innocuous in their dried state.
I let them plump up for about 24 hours, then boiled them for two. After cooling and straining, I placed the beans between two dry towels and gently rubbed them to remove their papery skins. I was left with a lot of cooked beans.
I found a hummus recipe, added all the ingredients to my Vita-Mix and processed them. Super easy. I also added some roasted orange bell pepper, which I hoped would give the flavor a little depth. Here it is, in the midst of getting pulverized.
The finished result, after sprinkling with a little zatar seasoning (containing sumac).