Hummus

I just wanted for so long to do homemade hummus, but never did it..mainly because in Romania it seemed hard to find Tahini paste..which is very important to have a really tasty hummus..

But London has lots of stores where you can find the magical paste..so I bought some..and went home to prepare a hummus which we served together with olives, cheese, grilled artichokes and some chorizo .. a very multiethnic dinner if you like :), but a really tasty one.

hummus_2_500Ingredients:

400gr canned chickpeas washed and drained

2-3 tbsp tahini (tahina) paste – to taste – I think I used 3 tbsp

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2-3 garlic cloves (depends how garlic-ish you wanted it to be)

salt and pepper

juice from 1 lemon

some hot paprika to garnish and 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin powder

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Method:

Put the chickpeas, sliced garlic and tahini paste in a food processor and work it until you have a nice smooth paste (I don’t own a food processor yet and that’s why my hummus was a bit lumpy :) ), add the olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin powder and lemon juice, and process it another 2-3 minutes. Taste it to see if it needs more salt or tahini paste.

To plate: put half of the hummus quantity on a plate, smooth it’s surface with a spatula, than make a  hole in the middle and pour some olive oil in it. Sprinkle some hot paprika and you’re finished.

You could try and serve this with some warm Naan bread.

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12 responses to “Hummus

  1. leor

    here’s a tip…to really take your hummous to the next level, add some cumin powder :)

  2. Tim

    Looks great! I like to use smoked paprika rather than hot, it gives it a nice little smokey twist.

  3. Delicious recipe and beautiful photo! Thank goodness you found the tahini. You did hummus justice.

  4. ralukmica

    Thanks everybody!
    @ Leor : actually I did add like 1/2 tsp of cumin powder but forgot to write it down :). Thanks for remining me
    @ Tim: I only had hot paparika at home, but I’ll try the smoked one next time. Thanks
    @Angela: I agree hummus is nothing without tahini paste. Thanks for the compliments.

  5. YUMMM … craving this now! Love your authentic presentation and I bet it tastes fantastic. Need to get my hands on some tahini paste too & give this a shot.

  6. I’ve been looking for the perfect hummus recipe- this sounds fantastic!

  7. I like using the blender to make hummus. I think it makes it a little creamier. Either way, homemade hummus rocks and is totally worth the effort.

  8. Congrats! There are a few places in Bucharest where I can find the tahina paste and other nice Arabian or Turkish spices mixtures. There’s also a Turkish butcher’s shop where the owner asks you what do you intend to cook, so that he could chose and properly cut the meats himself.

    Anyway… I love making humus and the continuous “dance” of ingredients until THE taste comes up. I use a five spices combination that contains anise, cumin, cinnamon, coriander seeds and white pepper and grapefruit juice, that gives the whole thing a very fresh and “light” taste. Unfortunately for your readers, my text in in Romanian, but at least you can enjoy the pictures.

    http://www.pranzuldincaserola.ro/2009/05/16/humus/

    Lovely work, Ralukmica! I will probably try your ham and mushrooms muffins today.

    • ralukmica

      @pranzuldincaserola Sorry I am late in publishing the comment..It went directly to spam. So sorry we didn’t have this conversation before I left Romania – I could have made hummus a long time ago :(. I think I’ll give your version a try cause it sounds delicious :)

      Thanks :) You should try them I am sure you’ll love them!!

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