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well in canada we had those big cans of chickpeaks and tahini mixed together ready for you to put olive oil and other stuff in it so it would be easy.. i havent even seen chickpeas here. I am in phuket

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no one is ever gonna put peanut butter in my hummus, godammit!...in a small minimart on a power station site in the desert 75km south of Jeddah they got tahini...not just for hummous but for the ubiquitous sauce that you put on everything in the Middle East...

I've burned the motors out of lots of blenders making hoummous and you really need a food processor...but you can only get cooked, canned garbanzos (see photo above) in selected supermarkets in BKK so I haven't bothered in Thailand...

the wife is always amused when we find canned chick peas/garbanzos in BKK supermarkets and I start to breathe heavily...I useta bring back gallon tubs of tahini in my luggage when working in the ME...

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found the chickpeas at supercheap for 63baht a can(same one pictured above from villa)

Now for the sesame seeds crushed(ill guess this is paste?)

is there a thai name? we couldnt find those at super cheap.

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In expat heavy cities, tahini sesame paste is easy to buy at expat targeted supermarkets (and very expensive). If not, why not try out the peanut butter idea? Pure would be best with no sugar or chemicals.

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hi thailand, I'm pleased you've managed to find some canned chickpeas, that's waay better than paying OTT prices for the ready made product. The McGarrett dried ones at Tesco come out even cheaper if they are available in the Phuket branch/es (I am in Khon Kaen).

There is no need to buy your sesame seeds crushed, even if you could find them. The whole seeds are widely available in most Thai market places and they are very cheap. They are called "ngar keo" (please excuse my poor pronounciation as I am receiving conflicting reports from various family members and as we are in Issan the pronounication could be different compared with the south.

Once you have found your "ngar keo", toast them in a pan over a medium heat then crush them using a pestle and mortar before adding them to your chickpeas with the other ingredients

Trust me, I've been making hummus for years in Thailand using basic, readily available ingredients, at rock bottom prices. There is absolutely no need to pay "silly money" for hummus if you know where to look for the ingredients.

Good luck!

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I just made my first batch of hummus today from suggestions in this thread. It was great. I've been disappointed far too many times when i goto my favorite kabab shop and they have none so it's great to be making it at home. I found all the ingredients at lotus. They had the dried chick peas for 99thb port 1/2 kilo which is plenty to make like 5 batches. They had a selection of white sesame seeds to choose from as well for cheap. The rest of the stuff is easily found in most thai kitchens.

I'm so glad I found this thread as it's opened my eyes to how much better things can taste when you make them yourself.

I also found a mediterranean recipe site on google with a ton of humus variations that i intend to try including a lemon and ginger humus. I'm sure if you google it you will easily find it as mediterranean is in the domain name.

Good luck to all and thanks for the great tips and suggestions.

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