I love the flavors and textures of Middle Eastern foods. The aromas of the exotic spices are intoxicating. Probably the easiest of dishes to prepare is hummus. I just throw all the ingredients in the food processor or blender and call it done!
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 to 3 tbsp. tahini
juice of 1/2 lemon
dash of red chile flakes
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. coriander
dash each of salt and pepper
small handful of fresh parsley leaves
In a blender or food processor grind all ingredients except olive oil. Add that in a thin stream until the mixture reaches a creamy (but not too thin) consistency. Serve with pita chips, fresh pita, and/or crudites.