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Chickpea Puree with Cumin Oil

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  • Servings: 12

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  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Carrot, zucchini or cucumber rounds, sliced 1/4 inch thick, for serving


  1. In a small skillet, toast the cumin seeds over moderate heat, shaking the pan frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and cook over low heat for 30 seconds. Transfer the cumin oil to a bowl and let cool.
  2. In a food processor, puree the chickpeas, garlic and lemon juice; season with salt. With the machine on, gradually pour in all but 2 tablespoons of the cumin oil, leaving most of the seeds in the bowl; puree until smooth. Add the cilantro and pulse just until combined. Spoon the chickpea puree into a serving bowl. Drizzle with the reserved cumin oil and seeds; serve with the vegetables.
Contributed By Published December 2002

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