Very healthy and popular all over the world as a dip for veggies or sandwich spread, houmous or hummus is made with Kabuli chane, onion, tahini, garlic, lemon, cumin and olive oil - then flavoured and coloured with beetroot.
If you're short of time, use tinned kabuli chane (chickpeas).
Have no fear - there IS a lazy version of this recipe, which I just tested. I bought a can of chickpeas and a can of beets. I rinsed them both, then put the beets in the food processor. Next I sauteed the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until translucent. I went ahead and threw the chickpeas in with them, though this probably didn't make much of a difference. Then I poured the onion, chickpeas, and garlic into the food processor with the beets. I added the lemon juice and cumin and salt (I didn't add the tahini because i'm on a diet, but this would be the moment to add it), and then I blended them all together. I found this low-fat, 20-minute version of the recipe to be very tasty! - 13 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was SO popular at work with some pita chips and vegetables to dip in it. The only problem was finding the tahini (look in health food stores). I used canned chickpeas/garbanzos instead of soaking fresh (bad me!) but it still tasted GREAT! I did go ahead and boil them again with the onions, though. Terrific recipe! - 14 Jun 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Although this loevely bright pink hummus is tasty, it is TIME consuming. If you have the time it is worth it, but dont fool yourself it will take a good hour and a half at least. I didnt need any of the reserve liquid, in-fact it was more moist than I am used to and I aded more tahini at the end. If you have a smaller sized food processor you might want to make it in batches or reduce the amount. We like our food spicy, so I tripled the cumin and garlic. Overall this was a great recipe and I will make it again. A good recipe to make on a Sunday afternoon, while I have other things to do around the house while the beets are boiling. - 20 Aug 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)