Homous – it simply means “chickpeas” in Arabic. It is also used as a term of endearment for a small child. Here a simple recipe my grandmother would make in Morocco.

1- Let the chickpeas soak in water over night.
2- Peel them one by one taking off the thin skin by pressing them between your fingers. It helps to scratch the top with a nail and then the skin comes off on its own (that’s the boring part so put some nice music!). –if you don’t feel like doing it, get canned cooked chickpeas.
3- In a little bit of olive oil, place some crushed garlic, cumin, salt & pepper to taste. When the garlic starts releasing its aroma, add the chickpeas, fresh coriander and fresh mint. Cover with water and bring to a boil.
4- Bring down the fire and let it cook until done. About 45 minutes if you use uncooked chickpeas (just 15 minutes if you use cooked ones).
5- Serve warm as a main course or as an appetizer with some lemon slices and fresh mint. I like to add some hot chile.


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