I am so late to this band-wagon it's disgusting.
But, I FINALLY made my own hummus.
One hundred per cent credit to Mr Nick Newth, who stayed with me a few weeks ago and, in a very ninja-fied way, whipped up some hummus while I was at work one day.
I've been excited to tackle hummus because everyone seems to have their own recipe. Their own golden rules. Their own "do's" and "don'ts".... like a Bolognese or guacamole.
So - I did what any wannabe chef does - I listened to no one, went with my instincts and this is what happened!
And I must confess....I think it's quite delicious!
One thing I did that I haven't heard anyone say or read on any recipes (makes me slightly nervous) ....was that I added water. CONTROVERSIAL! The constancy just wasn't quite right and I wanted to avoid getting to heavy on the oil....so I just went for it, added some water and it was 100% the right choice. Yay instincts!
Do you have an amazing hummus recipe to share? Tell me what to change up next!
Also - I did this in my blender, as I don't have a food processor yet, but it was fantastic! I love my blender.
1/4 kilo of dry chickpeas
2 Tablespoons Tahini
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 cup water (#controversial)
Salt and Pepper
1 teaspoon Cumin powder
2 cloves garlic
The first thing you need to do is soak your chickpeas overnight, I'd say for at least 12 hours.
So a little pre-planning is necessary :) Just put your dry chickpeas in a bowl, cover in water (at least double the amount of peas) and then leave to expand.
Now: cooking time! Drain the chickpeas and transfer to a large cooking pot. Cover in water again, bring to the boil and then simmer for just over an hour. Test them after an hour and see if they're soft enough - mine ended up cooking for nearly an hour and a half. Then drain and leave to rest for about fifteen minutes.
Now - put your chickpeas into the blender or food proceccor. You can do this in parts if you like, but I like just chucking it all in there!
Halve your lemons and juice them in (mind the seeds!), getting every little bit of juice you can :)
Add two heaped tablespoons of tahini, the garlic cloves and your olive oil. Now, start blending. You will likely have to blend, stop, stir with a spoon and then blend again.
While "working it", start adding your cup of water to make life easier for the blender and begin to get the right constancy.
When the hummus is starting to look like hummus, begin adding the salt, pepper and cumin powder. You can add more to suit your taste!
And - voila! This should be divine....but do what you do, add your own twists and make it your own.
Now - I'm going to make some lunch!
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