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Home-made Hummus from Scratch

Cook Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 100 g Dried Chickpeas
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Small Garlic Clove
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Tahini Paste
  • 0.2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp Paprika Powder Regular, not Smoky
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves

Instructions

  • Start with soaking the chickpeas the day before. Add chickpeas to cold water with the bay leaf.
  • When ready to cook, rinse the soaked chickpeas and cook for 2 hours until tender. Drain, saving a cup of cooking liquid. Then let cool down completely.
  • Save a small handful of chickpeas and set them aside – these will be used as a garnish later.
  • Place the rest of the chickpeas to high powered blender with 0.1 cups of cooking water, garlic, juice of 0.5 lemon, tahini, most of the olive oil, cumin, and 1 tsp paprika powder. Blend until smooth, adding the rest of the cooking liquid if necessary. You want a thick but extra creamy consistency. Taste. If needed, add the juice from the other half of the lemon, more paprika powder, and salt. Blend again and give it another taste.
  • When happy with the taste and consistency scoop hummus on the serving plate, smoothen out with the back of a spoon, drizzle some olive oil on top of it and add the whole chickpeas you saved earlier. Sprinkle with some fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve with flatbread and fresh vegetables or add hummus to your salad.

Tips

Life-hack: if you are in a hurry just use canned organic chickpeas instead of boiling your own and you will have it ready in less than 10 minutes.
It makes sense to soak and boil more chickpeas than needed for this recipe and use them up in salads, curries or roasted as a snack.
Sesame seeds and extra paprika powder also work well as a garnish in case you don´t like coriander.
If you are happy with the basic recipe and are ready to play around a little try adding one of those to the recipe: roasted beets, roasted carrots, chopped coriander.
To make your appetizer extra healthy serve the hummus with fresh celery stalks, carrots, cucumber and radishes instead of flatbread.