Hummus, the well known Middle Eastern cream is versatile and perfect for every occasion. So much that we would hardly imagine a gathering without it served to accompany crudités or some crunchy bread. I understand it’s easy to buy hummus and in London you find quite an assortment – especially if you have a Turkish Shop or similar near by. Yet, the home made version definitely has an extra factor to it, whether it’s the strong garlic flavour, or the extra virgin olive oil to do the trick, you have the power to make it your own and enrich it with your favourite ingredients.
Making hummus is incredibly easy, all you need is a can of chickpeas and some tahini. In case you don’t have tahini, like me at the time of making this one, there is an easy way for you to prepare your own by using sesame seeds and sesame oil. Nutritious and filling, hummus is not only great to share, but also a life saver on those long summer evenings when you come home late and all you want is to munch on some already made healthy food.
600 g precooked chickpeas
the juice of 1 lemon
1 clove of garlic
100 g sesame seeds
30 g sesame oil
150 g water
1 teaspoon of paprika
Some extra virgin olive oil
Step 1 – Chop the garlic and the parsley. Then toast the sesame seeds by keeping them at a medium heat in a non-stick frying pan, for a few minutes.
Step 2 – You can start crushing the sesame seeds using mortar and pestle and add the water, the sesame oil and a pinch of salt to create a paste. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer (the latter is much easier). Once this mixture has become a cream, you have made your very own thaini.
Step 3 – Start adding the chickpeas and continue mixing till you have reduced them all to a paste. Then add the lemon juice, the parsley and the garlic, and start adding extra virgin olive oil until you have reached the creamy consistency that you prefer.
Step 4 – Once you have reached your favourite texture, add even more aroma to the hummus by adding more parsley, a sprinkle of paprika and some more extra virgin olive oil.
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