As a [half] Greek-Cypriot girl, hoummus (hummus) has been eaten a lot in my lifetime! I can’t imagine having a BBQ without one and it’s always an available dip at most of the parties that I throw for the family!
However, over time, I have really started to dislike the shop bought stuff – it tastes so artificial and not like how I remember the taste of hoummus when we visit Cyprus. So, why not make my own – exactly to my tastes?! Here’s how I did it…
My great-grandad used to make the best hoummus ever, all by hand, without any kitchen gadgets! I used a smoothie maker to make mine! But if you have a food processor, you of course can use that. Similarly, if you want to mash up the chickpeas by hand and have a chunkier hoummus…go for it!
The two main ingredients of hoummus are chickpeas and tahini. Tahini is a sesame paste which I have found in the supermarket. If you can’t find it there, try a health food store as it should certainly be available there.
It is very hard for me to give quantities since it was all down to taste and adjust…but I will try and give a rough idea of what you will need. I personally prefer my hoummus with a stronger tahini flavour, you may want to reduce this flavour. I also love lemon, but you may prefer more garlic…enough with my ramblings, here is the recipe!
- 3-4 dessert spoons tahini (sesame paste)
- 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- garlic cloves, crushed
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- paprika to serve
- fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped, to serve
- Start by blending the tahini with some water - you want to thin down the paste and whizz it so that it turns a lot paler. Also, before scooping out of the jar, give it a stir to mix in the oil.
- Now add the chickpeas and blend until smooth, or, if you like, leave a little texture. You may need to add some more water to help the process.
- At this point, add the juice of one lemon, 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic and some salt - all to your desired taste - add a little to start as you can always add more, but not take it away!
- Spoon your homemade hoummus/hummus into a serving bowl. Drizzle with some olive oil and dust with paprika. Sprinkle over some chopped leaf parsley too if you like.
- Serve with toasted pita bread, crudites or as a topping for a Salad