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Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
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Author: The Cook

Ingredients

  • 440 g can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup reserved liquid from canned chickpeas
  • 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice , depending on taste
  • tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add ¼ cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
  • Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the centre of the hummus.
  • Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).
  • Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

Notes

Variations:
For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chilli or a dash of cayenne pepper.
Storing Hummus:
Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.
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