The Zohan and I have one thing is common - we both love hummus. Hummus, originating from the Middle East, is so simple to make, offers some fantastic health benefits and tastes amazing. On top of all that it can be made in minutes and needs no cooking - great for busy students, Mum's and bachelors in need of something fast.
Chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans) and cannellini beans are both amazing sources of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Combine that with garlic, lemon, heart health Extra Virgin Olive oil and some fragrant herbs and spices and you will have yourself a guilt-free snack in minutes! If you really want to take the health factor up a notch, boil or pressure-cook your own fresh chick peas or cannellini beans which have been soaked overnight.
I add some kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) to my hummus as I think it adds just that "little bit extra" to the flavor. I know it isn't traditional but hey, I was experimenting and I liked it.
Thoroughly rinse and drain your chick peas before using
If you don't have a food processor you can use a medium sized mixing bowl and an electric stick blender stick to and mix your hummus to perfection!
Serve with your choice of freshly cut carrot and celery sticks, corn/tortilla chips and/or Turkish, pita or naan bread! This recipe also compliments lamb recipes and also goes well with salads.
YOU WILL NEED
1 X 400g | 15 ounces can chickpeas OR cannellini beans rinsed and drained (or make your own beans fresh instead)
1/4 cup tahini paste
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
Just over 1/8 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce/kecap manis (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon rock salt
Up to a 1/4 cup water
A little Extra Virgin Olive Oil for garnishing
Some pomegranate seeds or freshly chopped herbs for garnish if desired
Place chickpeas, tahini, garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, lemon juice, cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt into your food processor and blend, as water as needed and continue blending until you achieve your desired consistency.
Pour into you serving bowl and drizzle with a little extra Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garnish with your choice of herbs and/or pomegranate seeds and serve.