Hummus is a very popular Middle Eastern vegetarian side dish.
It is made with chickpeas, Tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
It's a very healthy dish and I will show you the basic recipe that I use at home.
Step 1: Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you need to make hummus:
2 cups of boiled chickpeas (either you make them at home or buy the canned type, both are fine)
5 table spoons of Tahini
5 table spoons of Olive oil
The juice of one and a half lemons
1 medium size garlic clove
salt to taste
Step 2: Directions
Crush the garlic in a pestle until it turns into a paste.
HINT: put a pinch of salt with the garlic, the salt will hold the garlic together and act as an abrasive to turn it into a paste.
Now turn the chickpeas into a paste, I used a vegetable sieve/ food mill because I like the consistency of the chickpeas after. But you can easily substitute it for a hand mixer, food processor or even a blender.
Then using a big spoon, mix in the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.
Mix for a couple of minutes, then taste the hummus and add salt until it is to your liking.
HINT: I like the hummus on the sour side so I put lots of lemon juice, start with the juice of one lemon and add the rest later if you like.
OPTIONAL: Decorate the plate with chickpeas, parsley and cayenne pepper powder, place it in the middle of the supper table and enjoy.
I like to add one tea spoon of vinegar (any red), but this is my personal preference. If you try it, please let me know what you think.
Enjoy the Hummus