Foodie Recipes: The Ultimate Hummus

Here it is. The ultimate hummus recipe. This velvety chickpea paste has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. Made of healthy ingredients, it’s the best guilt-free dip or bread spread you could imagine. It’s also the perfect addition to your daily portion of fresh veggies. I guarantee your life will never be the same after trying this hummus goodness 😀

Today was the first time I’ve tried making it with homemade tahini (sesame seed) paste and trust me, it makes a huge difference.

Ingredients

Tahini paste:

1 cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons (or more) olive oil

Salt (optional)

Hummus:

3 cups soaked and cooked chickpeas or 2 cans chickpeas drained and rinsed

1/3 cup tahini paste

4-6 roasted garlic cloves, or more to taste

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cups of cold water

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more to top when serving

3/4 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt (or more)

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Paprika, fresh parsley or pine nuts for garnish (optional)

Preparation

Tahini paste

I often use a store-bought tahini paste to save time, but a homemade tahini gives the hummus a significantly better and nuttier taste. Feel free to experiment and find out which version suits you best. To create tahini from scratch toast raw sesame seeds on a dry pan for 5 mins – make sure not to let them get too brown. Leave them to cool down completely. Grind the toasted seeds in a processor gradually adding 1-2 tbs of olive oil (or more if you would like it to be thinner) and salt to taste.

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The seeds should turn into a buttery paste.

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Prepare the chickpeas by either cooking them until soft and leaving to cool down or rinsing their canned version. Similarly to the tahini, using presoaked and cooked chickpeas makes the hummus taste richer, but canned peas are just so much faster to prepare.

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Once the chickpeas are ready, throw them into the processor/blender with your tahini paste, roasted garlic, lemon juice, water, olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and blend away. Add more water if hummus is too thick/more lemon juice and spices if you want to further adjust the taste (I often add sun-dried tomatoes to it). Garnish with paprika, fresh parsley or pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil before serving. Enjoy it with veggies, bread or crackers. 🙂

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