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.
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
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.