Houmous or Hummus?

However you spell it ………….it’s cheap and easy to make…tastes delicious and homemade always looks more impressive than anything you can buy in the supermarket.  Have to confess i’ve never seen it in a supermarket here so like so many other things I took forgranted in the UK I now make my own from scratch.

So you will need one large can of chickpeas, drained (save the juice), or approx 2 cups of cooked chickpeas (save some cooking liquid), about 4 large spoons tahini (stir it well before spooning out), juice of at least 2 lemons, 2-3 garlic cloves, a little salt.  I like mine with quite a lot of garlic and lemon so you can add to this recipe if you want to.  If you can’t get tahini it’s not the end of the world – make it without.

Now this is the complicated bit – throw all the ingredients in a blender or a bowl if you are using a hand blender…….turn it on and blast it to mush.  Taste……add extra whatever you want…lemon or garlic…a bit more salt……then add a bit of the cooking liquid or the juice from the can and mix again…..keep adding the liquid until it is smooth and as thick/thin as you want it.

If you don’t have a blender, don’t worrt you can mash your chickpeas one cup at a time with a potato masher or a fork , adding cooking liquid or juice as needed until you have a smooth consistency. – if you are using this method you will have to either chop your garlic really small or pop it through a garlic press to make it into a puree.  In the UK you can buy garlic puree and this would be ideal.

You can serve it as a dip with crisps or tortilla chips, with fresh veg chopped cucumber and carrot are good or just with warm pitta bread and olives…….

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