Olive Houmous

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Olive Houmous
I am following up on my pita post with a totally yummy Olive Houmous!
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In the picture – Mother’s Day Daisies From My Daughter :)

A funny tale behind this wonderfully delicious dish –  So last year, some of my family decided to go to an island resort in Greece – While I did read some about Greece and the food options for vegetarians, I was well aware that meat was the mainstay for Greeks. But the romantic notions of fresh Greek Salad and Houmous and yogurt were very uplifting. Then we get there and this resort was kinda isolated – a 45 minute boat ride to the biggest island/tourist resort, Hydra. Not a soul there knew what the heck we were asking for when we tried to order Houmous – Not a soul knew the heck how to talk in English either – There I was playing a game of Pictionary, drawing with all my might and gesticulating verily to make them understand until one other customer at the café said, Ah whomoosh! In rapid Greek, he explained to them what I was talking about and I could tell light bulbs were coming on brightly and their broad smiles made me realize what a dummy I was asking for a Lebanese/Turkish dish in Greece and expecting them to understand!
While we never got to eat houmous, we did eat a lot of unbelievably thick and sluggish yogurt, which seemed to me made purely of fat, like the fresh churned butter (vennai) that we do have on Gokulashtami in India.
I have mentioned to you Bobbi’s humus which is sold on occasion in Sam’s club and how crazy we are for it. Sabra is a brand that sells a really yummy humus too although they are getting more commercial.
So when I made the pita, I went all out and made Olive humus (houmous) too.
So here my friends, is a happy companion to the pita.
I will like to compare this combo to a chappati/chutney combo or dosai/thogayal combo.
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Ingredients
3 cans garbanzo beans
1 can of black olives, pitted
2 tbps of tahini sauce
8-10 cloves of garlic
6-10 red chilies
1 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
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Preparation
Grind the contents together in a fine paste
Pour into a serving container
Dribble the oil over it
Add a spring of your favorite herb for decoration (I used basil)
Serve with Pitas

BIG TIP: SERVED CHILLED FOR BEST TASTE
Sending this to my own event which is being guest hosted by Priya of Bon Appetit

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Posted on

May 18, 2011

51 Comments

  1. Loved reading you.
    Your Olive houmous is so tempting that I was kind of running to read the recipe.It's truly a very innovative one.
    The daisies..Proud mom you dear !!

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  2. hummus looks lovely! Yeah, greek yoghurt is very thick – kind of like chenna that we use in Indian sweets like shrikhand.

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  3. That's an interesting holiday story Priya…so much of fatty curd will make me feel sleepy through out the day let alone enjoy the outing.
    Love this houmous with lots of olives..super healthy.

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  4. You know what .. I have always wanted to try hummus .. may be I should :) looks so yummy Priya.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  5. very new to me. Looks yummy ..

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  6. Wav,tasty and delicious hummus,i will try this recipe.Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love this with pitas.

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  8. Feel like having this delicious houmous with toasted breads, very tempting..

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  9. This is very tasty and I like it! Your hilarous experience in Greece made me snicker!

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  10. Looks extremely delicious & perfect with your warm homemade & fresh pita pockets!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  11. very interesting recipe & new to me, I will try this, nice presentation dear.

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  12. Looks delicious, I think we'd love it with the black olives! Thanks for the nice comments and the follow! Following you back!

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  13. Looks so good ….love that olive touch

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  14. LOL- funny story Priya! I can dig into humus (houmous) any time on anything – (just like zohan 😛 – remember the movie don't mess with Zohan??)

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  15. What a great idea..I love the thought of olives in hummus. I think I would be easily addicted to this. Yum =)

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  16. I have similar experience in Mexico, once. I bet…we girls are better in communication even without a language, hehe:) Same here, love hummus…such a healthy dip:)

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  17. ஆலிவ் ஹமூஸ் ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு…

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  18. Looks mouthwatering and yummy..

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  19. Interesting recipe..new to me,love olives and this looks so inviting.

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  20. Looks so tempting…:)

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  21. This is delicious and so thick:) Love gulp it all up with a couple of pita breads..:)
    Reva

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  22. Delicious looking hummus. Addition of olives look very interesting.

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  23. delicious way to make hummus with olives I usually add carrots or pepper
    looks wonderful
    thank you for the lovely comment :)

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  24. Somehow I am not a big fan of olives, but they are good for health. So, this could be a perfect recipe to include them in diet as then I can't see them and it is delicious too :)

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  25. Would love to try this creamy hummus with your Pita breads that I plan to make soon.

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  26. I love this dish.. looks womderful. I am always on the hunt for a good recipe to make hummus and this one fits.

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  27. Great story behind this lovely hummus! This sounds so flavorful and I love the addition of black olives!

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  28. Olive is a great choice for the hummus.

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  29. the hummus is rocking priya- loved reading the funny tale and hey the daisy by your d is very sweet & thoughtful ! Thanks for the event sharing !

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  30. Nice holiday tale and a perfect combo with pita bread,Priya!!Thanx for sharing.

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  31. Hummus looks delicious Priya.Love the combination.

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  32. lol. Your story made me smile. Yes, hammous is a middle eastern delicacy. And you, my friend, have done a great job making it at home! Pass me your homemade khubbus and hammous and I'm oh sooo happy!

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  33. Perfect with pita pockets..looks delicious..ur amazing recipe collection is increasing day by day :)

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  34. what a great idea using olives :)

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  35. Super tasty dip Priya, My H is a crazy fan for olives..need some tositos nw

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  36. Fantastic starter! My friend will love it and not knowing it's rather easy to prepare :)

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