Hummus: 3 Long Island picks

Good hummus is all about the right proportions

Good hummus is all about the right proportions of its relatively few ingredients. (Credit: AP)

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The chickpea and tahini spread known as hummus is intrinsic to the cuisine of Israel as well as to that of just about every country in the Middle East.

In the bad-but-funny Adam Sandler movie, "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," hummus becomes the source of much humor; the versatile dip serves as hair gel, toothpaste and even puts out a fire.

Here are some places for exceptional hummus.

MIRAJ HEALTHY GRILL
171 Hillside Ave., Williston Park
516-747-3181, mirajhealthygrill.com

This cozy Persian dining spot serves a hummus ($3.95) that's one of several good spreads.

AZERBAIJAN GRILL
2320 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-644-2200
1610 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-228-0001
azerbaijangrill.com

Both these restaurants feature the cuisine of Azerbaijan, rife with Persian and Turkish influences. Their hummus ($5.95) doesn't stint on the garlic.

CAFE TAKA
164 E. Main St., Bay Shore
631-647-4809

This Turkish eatery serves a silky smooth hummus ($4.50) shot through with garlic and tahini.

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