The deep savory and almost molasses-like flavors of Japanese nori paste—addictive umami bomb in its own right— pair especially well with this popular creamy Middle Eastern dip!
- 1.5 cup cooked chickpeas (or you can use canned)*
- 1 heaped tbs tahini
- 1 tbs lemon juice, plus more to taste
- Splash of chickpea cooking water if needed to loosen consistency
- Few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
- 1 tbs nori tsukudani paste
- Blend the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor or with hand blender until well combined. Add the chickpea cooking water if necessary.
- Add the nori paste and adjust taste and consistency as desired.
- Top with more olive oil, more of the paste, and toasted sesame seeds.
- Serve with bread, cucumber, carrot, and apple slices, or use as a spread in sandwiches.
*to cook the chickpeas: rinse andsoak the dried chickpeas for at least 8 hours and boil till soft.
Adding a pinch of baking soda to the chickpeas while they boil helps them cook faster and yields a more creamy consistency.
Self-proclaimed street photographer, self-taught cook, Asian food enthusiast, Egyptian, Canadian, and Third Culture Kid are just a few of the words on the list of things I identify with. My love affair with Japanese cooking started since moving to Japan to teach English in Japanese public schools 5 years ago. I love discovering traditional Japanese ingredients and coming up with innovative ways to cook with them. I started my blog, Dates and Matcha, to share my Japanese cooking inspirations and perspectives in the hopes that they may transform others’ cooking experiences in the same way they have mine. The name of the blog speaks to aspects of my identity as well as sources of my inspiration. Dates represent a food that is integral to my own Arab background and upbringing; and matcha, my life in Japan and deep love for Japanese cuisine and culture. I also share my passion for Japan through my street photography on instagram (@maielbaz) whereI aim to capture the beauty of Japan through what lies within local everyday experiences.