Hummus Appetizer Dip

A very versatile dip, hummus can be served as part of a meze, with fresh crusty bread or pita bread to be dipped in to, or to jazz up an everyday meal.Yellow Lemons


175g chick peas, soaked overnight
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
4 tablespoons sunflower oil (or other good quality vegetable oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
300 ml chick pea cooking liquid
salt and black pepper

2 tablespoons tahini paste
(If you don't use the tahini paste you may need to add a little more oil)

(Tahini paste can be found in supermarkets, deli's or health food shops.)

To Decorate:
Olive oil


Rinse the (soaked) chick peas.
Put in a large saucepan, cover with plenty of water and bring to the boil.
Once it is boiling you will need to skim off the foam on the surface of the water until it comes clean.
You mustn't skip this part, otherwise the beans will have a very sour taste.

Cover and cook until the beans are soft. This is about 1 hour in a saucepan or about 20 minutes in a Pressure Cooker.

Strain the chick peas in a Colander, remembering to keep the cooking liquid.

Crush the garlic using a Garlic Press.

Use a Citrus Juicer to get freshly squeezed juice from 1 1/2 lemons.

The rest of the process is in a food blender or processor. Depending on the size of the blender you will most likely need to do it in two batches.

So, dividing all the rest of the ingredients into two, put one batch into the blender and blend until a runny consistency. Olives and Olive Oil If it is too dry you can add more liquid. Dont blend for too long.

Make the second batch as the first one.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, place a good amount of hummus on a plate, drizzle with a little olive oil and possibly some paprika.

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