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Homemade Hummus

Ingredients

  • 200g/7oz canned chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or more
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100ml/3½fl oz tahini (sesame seed paste) optional
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 rounds of pitta bread

Method

  1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse. Reserve a few whole chick peas for serving.
  2. Combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, smoked paprika, salt, tahini, and water in a food processor, and blend to a creamy purée.
  3. Add more lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste.
  4. Turn out onto a dinner plate, and make smooth with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and scatter with the reserved chickpeas.
  5. Sprinkle with the cumin and serve with pitta bread, warmed in a moderate oven for three minutes, and cut into quarters.

Imagine the look on family or friends’ faces, when they find out you made the dip yourself!

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