Monday, 12 September 2011

Homemade Hummus

hummushoummoshoumous [ˈhʊməs]
(Cookery) a creamy dip originating in the Middle East, made from puréed chickpeas, tahina, etc.
[from Turkish humus]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Hummus is a favourite in our house. You can buy hummus these days in almost every grocery store but I think there is something really special about making it yourself. Plus it is dead simple!

You need a can of chickpeas, two tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste), 4 tablespoons lemon juice, two cloves of garlic (crushed), one and a half tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, salt and some paprika powder.

The basic ingredients can be modified in volume depending on your own individual taste. You might even want to start by using less lemon juice and garlic than I did and then add more if you need to.

Drain the chickpeas and place into a food processor. Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, half the olive oil, a dash of salt and mix together at full speed to get a nice smooth paste. Add a tablespoon or two of water if you need to get the hummus a bit smoother. Taste and decide if you need additional lemon juice or garlic.

Serve it in a bowl, drizzle the rest of extra virgin olive oil over the hummus and sprinkle a little bit of paprika on top.

You can enjoy it with just about anything. We usually eat it with bread, pitas, or as a dip with vegetables and chips.  Yummy!

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