Humble Hummus

Hummus is definitely my go to dip, it's just great.  It's humble because for something that should have no more than 2 ingredients plus seasoning it really is simple but done right it packs a satisfying punch.  There are so many hummus recipes out there, probably too many to choose from, and getting the right combination and taste can be trial and error.   In my humble opinion I have stumbled upon what I believe to be one of the best homemade offerings I have tasted.  It starts with real live beans, yes that's right, not tinned, dried.  The difference is unbelievable and really adds to the taste.  Dried beans are so much cheaper and are a whole natural food so more nutritious than their tinned, sometimes, salty friends.  Chickpeas are a fantastic source of fibre which can support a healthy digestive system, all helping you to stay regular.  Tahini, made from sesame seeds is a great source of calcium and is high in vitamin E and the B vitamins.

You ready? Here we go.

Ingredients

85g of dried chickpeas
Freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons
2 cloves of garlic crushed
150ml of a good tahini paste (if you can get from your local Middle Eastern shop)
1 teaspoon of dried chillies (more if you want an extra punch)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Method

Soak the chickpeas in water over night, you are looking for 1 part chickpeas to at least 3 parts water.
Drain the chickpeas and cook as per the instructions on the pack.
Drain the chickpeas but save the cooking water as you will use this later to get the consistency you like and it adds to the flavour.
Put the chickpeas and lemon juice in the food processor and blend.  At this stage you may want to add the cooking water.
Add the garlic, tahini, olive oil and chilli and blend again.
Check the flavour and if you want more chilli then add.  If the consistency is too thick then just add a little of the cooking water but go slowly you are looking for a smooth but firm texture.
Simply serve with a drizzle of olive oil, chilli oil,  sweet paprika or some cooked chickpeas.

Delicious, nutritious and super super easy.  You will never buy shop brought hummus again

 

Adapted from a Ballymaloe recipe

Nadra Shah