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June 29, 2009

Chic Eats: Argan Oil

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argan oil with hummus

Photo Credit: Paul Cowan/iStock

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The nut extraction from the argan tree indigenous to southern Morocco is full of holistic oil with medicinal and restorative properties, particularly for women, is high in vitamin E and rich in essential fatty acids.

I tried Alili Morocco’s oil drizzled over grilled feta and as a dip for toasted pita wedges. Because of the sesame notes in the oil it reminded me of tahini so I made a batch of fresh hummus and finished with a generous douse of the argan oil. Add a touch of zataar and parsley and it becomes a delicious treat!

Enjoy the nutrients and distinct flavor of argan oil, which can also be used as a moisturizer for the face and body.

Hummus with Argan Oil
6 cups chickpeas, fresh or canned (if using dried chickpeas cook through till tender)
1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup tahini sesame paste
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 or 1 whole garlic clove peeled and roughly chopped
Water if needed
Argan oil (Try alilimorocco.com)
Zataar (Try kalustyans.com)
Chopped parsley for garnish

1. Add first 5 ingredients in a blender and puree to desired smoothness. Adjust any of the seasonings to your own palate.
2. Spread onto a beautiful plate with a drizzle of argan oil and some garnish.

Enjoy with grilled pita or raw vegetables.


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