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Saturday, 9 February 2013


Hummus has become ridiculously popular in recent years filling an entire fridge in my local supermarket. According to BBC news, Tesco now stocks an astonishing 21 varieties of hummus and in America you can purchase peanut butter, pizza and chocolate mousse flavoured hummus. In England, we're far more conservative with flavours, but popping to my local supermarket I found caramelised red onion, red pepper, piri piri, moroccan, lemon and coriander flavours.

I wanted to share this recipe with you to show you how easy and quick homemade hummus is to make. Although supermarket varieties are super convenient, please try this recipe. You won't want to buy hummus ever again, I promise!

Serves 2-4

200g canned chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed pasta, widely available at supermakets)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp peanut butter
4 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
a sprinkle of paprika (optional)

1. Use either a hand blender or a food proccessor blend together the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, tahini, peanut butter and water. It's up to you how much you blend your hummus - some prefer it very smooth while others prefer a chunkier consistency.
2. Taste your hummus and then add more lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt to taste.
3. Place your hummus in  a serving bowl, add a swirl of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika
4. Serve with lightly toasted pitta bread.

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