Hummus, oh, how can we count the ways we love you. Hummus really is one of the best dips. So healthy, it works well with a mezze style meal, in sandwiches, as a snap, as a party food – honestly, we often wonder when hummus isn’t appropriate really, BUT if you’ve been buying your hummus primarily from the supermarket, then I’m afraid you’ve not really had the pleasure of the true hummus taste.
Believe us, when we tell you that hummus is one of the easiest (and prob cheapest) dips you can make and once you’ve made your own and seen the easy and of course tasted how much more vibrant and delicious it is, we highly doubt you’ll be lobbing a container into your trolley again anytime soon.
For this recipe you will need some kind of blender or food processor. A nutribullet is brilliant for making hummus and while Antonia is a pro at whizzing up a green juice, Rivkie definitely spends more time using her nutribullet for hummus and other marinades. If you only have a hand blender, that will work too, but you may find your hummus has a slightly thicker and chunky consistency. Run with it, it’s good and wholesome and delicious and if serving to guests, they’ll immediately know that this is hummus made with love.
While you can of course use hardshell chickpeas, this recipe is all about easy and quick hummus, so we’re going to use the tinned variety to stop any extra faff and means you can whizz this up in 10 mins flat. We’ve also listed some serving suggestions below!
2 tins of chickpeas (400g each)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of EVOO
1 tsp of cumin
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 tbsp of tahini paste
Juice of 1 large lemon (or 1.5 if small lemons)
Preparation time: 10mins
Serves: 10 as side or starter, makes a large batch – great for lunches or snacks.
- Put all ingredients into a food processor or Nutribullet and blitz until smooth.
- If using a hand blender, tip all ingredients into a large bowl and blitz til smooth – this method may result in a slightly thicker hummus – that’s delicious too!
- If you find the mixture is too thick, add some cold water to loosen until you get a consistency you like. You may need to use a long spoon to mix in between rounds of blitzing, depending on the strength of your food processor.
- To serve, smooth our 1-2 tbsp per person on to a side dish (if serving individual portions) or smooth onto a larger serving platter for a centre sharing dish. Drizzle the hummus with extra virgin olive oil. Serve with pita bread or a bread of your choice.
Adding toppings to your hummus is an amazing way of turning this divine side into a dish that really sings. All of these elevate this dip and you can turn hummus from a simple side into something more decadent, a great starter, a light lunch or just a strong accompaniment.
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