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Hummus is a well-known dip (or spread) that originates in the Middle East. If you have a food processor at hand, b...
Hummus is a well-known dip (or spread) that originates in the Middle East.
If you have a food processor at hand, basic hummus is extremely quick and easy to make. Simply whizz prepared chickpeas with olive oil, crushed garlic, lemon juice and seasoning. Tahini (sesame seed paste) is usually added, but if you can’t find it, a handful of toasted sesame seeds can do the trick.
Once the mixture is blended, usually into a coarse paste-like consistency, all you need to do is have a taste, and add a little more of each ingredient until you think it’s perfect.
Here are three big benefits of hummus.
With chickpeas forming the bulk of a traditional hummus, a large batch is extremely cheap to make. Ready-to-use chickpeas in cans and jars are very inexpensive, and you can save even more money by buying dried chickpeas and soaking them.
With the exception of perhaps the tahini, the other basic ingredients are things that most people have in their kitchen at all times.
The not-for-profit George Mateljan Foundation describes chickpeas as one of the “world’s healthiest foods.” The health benefits of garlic, olive oil and lemon juice are also widely known, leaving nothing in hummus that isn’t good for you.
Once you get used to a basic hummus recipe, you’ll be able to whip some up in minutes. Then you can begin to add other ingredients to make it a bit more exciting. For starters, why not try adding beetroot and crushed walnuts, or chargrilled red peppers?
Once you’ve mastered the easy task of making your own fresh hummus, you’ll never feel the need to buy the processed shop-bought stuff again.