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The best hummus

This hummus is delicious, quick to make and really, really easy. It can also be used as a base recipe for your other hummus adventures. Try adding roasted carrot, sundried tomatoes or a handful of rocket.

1 tin chickpeas

2 dessert spoons tahini

½ tsp salt

juice of 1 lemon

1 medium clove of garlic

1/3 cup of water

Drain and rinse the chickpeas well.

Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

If the mix looks to thick, add a little more water.

Serve with a glug of olive oil and a pinch of paprika.

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During a month of renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence, one hummus restaurant is paying Jews and Arabs to sit down together for a meal.

On Oct. 13, Kobi Tzafrir, owner of the Humus Bar in a shopping mall in Kfar Vitkin, north of Tel Aviv, advertised a 50 percent discount to Jews and Arabs who eat together on his restaurant’s Facebook page. It read:

“Are you afraid of Arabs? Are you afraid of Jews? By us there are no Arabs, but also no Jews. We have human beings! And real excellent Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel!”

His post was shared more than 1,900 times, and news of the deal has made headlines around the world.

Tzafrir says he cooked up the promotion as a way to wipe away some of the gloom of the current Israeli-Palestinian animosity. “We hear a lot of extremists on the news, on Facebook, on TV, and it seems like everything here is very bad,” Tzafrir tells NPR’s The Salt. “But I wanted to show that everything here is not so bad. Things get out of proportion.”

Hummus Diplomacy: Israeli Cafe Discounts Meals Shared By Jews And Arabs

Photos: Daniella Cheslow for NPR