Chickpea Hummus

A winning recipe: quick and easy hummus.

Hummus is a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, normally served as an appetizer or used to make sandwiches.

Hummus can be eaten at any time of the day: some people eat it spread on bread or with fresh, raw vegetables while enjoying their evvening happy hour with friends, others eat hummus in the morning for a healthy, proteic breakfast.

There are various theories about the origis of hummus. For sure it is an ancient recipe. According to some of these theories, hummus was born in Egypt, others think it originated in Israel. Lebanon went to the point of suing Israel for claiming ownership of hummus!

Something is clear just from the name of this delicious dip: hummus origins are to be searched for in the Middle East. Its full name is ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna, i.e. chickpeas with tahini, a savoury paste made of toasted sesame seeds.

Nowadays hummus is well-known in the Western world, too, maybe due to the increasing number of vegetarian and vegan people. However, it turns out to be irresistible even to the most committed meat lover!

A reason why hummus is so widely known and appreciated could be that it is a quick and easy recipe to prepare at home. Let’s see how to make it.  

Ingredients:

  • canned chickpeas (400 gr)
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seeds paste, to be found in stores or home-made, see recipe)
  • juice of half lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove (not mandatory)
  • salt
  • ground cumin (not mandatory)
  • ground paprika
  • sesam seeds

Instructions:

Drain the chickpeas and keep aside some of the chickpea water.

Put the chickpeas into the blender glass.

Add 2 tablespoons of tahini paste combined with the chickpea water, salt (put gradually as canned chickpeas are already salted), the minced garlic glove (you may decide not to add garlic if you are planning on eating hummus for breakfast… your work colleagues will show you their gratitude!), ground cumin (5 or 6 seeds and only if you like the taste), the lemon juice (again, add lemon gradually… remember that when you cook, it is better to add ingredients later rather than putting too much at the beginning thus spoiling the recipe!) and olive oil.

Blend for a few minutes and if necessary simply add some chickpea water and/or olive oil to obtain a creamy purée.

Once you have obtained the desired texture, put the hummus into a ceramic or glass bowl and sprinkle with paprika and some sesame seeds.

Tips:

If you like it more savoury, simply add a one or two dried tomatoes in oil and a few drops os soy sauce.

You may also decide to replace chickpeas with other legumes and beans, like white Cannellini beans or soybeans. Or you may mix the chickpeas with some vegetables, like beet or avocado.

Conclusion:

Hummus is a quick recipe that is easy to prepare also for the less skilled chef. It is a very good starting point for somebody who wants to start a plant-based and cruelty-free nutritional regime and is a perfect trick with kids who do not like legumes.

Enjoy your meal!

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