Some of the tastiest thing in life is usually the simplest thing in life. If you are new to hummus I promise this basic hummus recipe is going to change your life. Before I became a Nutritional Therapist, whenever I started a ‘new diet’ which was probably every months, I would always get off the wagon because I couldn’t find any healthy snack alternative and never because of dinners. You see I always cooked healthy but when it came to snacks I just didn’t know better.
Hummus is a chickpea-based dip which originated from the Middle-Eastern but is now enjoyed across the world. Chickpea is a good protein source, tahini is rich in Iron whereas the lemon juice (vit C) helps adsorb the Iron. Tahini is a sesame paste by the way, for those didn’t know. It is available in most Asian shops. Olive oil is a good source of essential fatty acid. So this hummus is very healthy.
Although, when I came to Ireland I knew nothing about hummus. I remember tasting it for the first time in a party and asking what that was. It tasted nothing I had before. I soon started buying it from the shop.
Few years in when I realized how easy it was to make hummus, I refuse to buy it. Firstly because shop bought ones could have some kind of preservatives which I prefer to avoid. Then because it is so budget-friendly, I usually have most of the ingredients at home anyway except the tahini. But if you buy one tahini jar you could use it several times. Finally the reason why I would not buy hummus is because making my own means I could add my own flavours such as coriander, chili, dried tomatoes and any other flavour I want in that particular day.
I usually crave for savoury snacks more than sweet so it works best for me. Whenever I want to eat something I get a carrot and dip it right into the tub I have in the fridge and I am sorted. So what do you think, are you going to take a chance and make it?
You can watch the recipe video below
- 1 can of Chickpeas
- 2 table spoon of tahini
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2-3 table spoon of quality extra virgin olive oil
- 1 table spoon or more lemon juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and put in the blender. Add tahini, lemon juice, oil, garlic and season with salt and pepper.
- Blend till the mixture is fully combined and smooth.
- Taste and adjust to your preferance
- Scoop into a serving dish.
- Drizzle with more olive oil.