I've tried this with fresh ceci. I taste no difference and the canned stuff is easier. I've tried a food processor and a blender to puree this. Major pain in the neck! It can be done but you have to keep scraping out the blended ceci. With the immersion blender you can move it up and down and reach everything. I use the quart container since the ingredients jump around at the beginning. If you like Baba Ganouj, bake 2 big eggplants, peel them and use that instead of the ceci.