I have always loved hummus and even if it is easily and cheaply available in any store I prefer to make it at home. It is such a quick recipe to prepare and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.
Chickpeas are a staple food in many Mediterranean and North African countries. They are very nutritious, rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Chickpeas are antioxidant, antistress and lower cholesterol.
One tin of chickpeas
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons of water
Juice of one lemon
One handful of basil or mint leaves
1 tablespoon of tahini
salt to taste
1 teaspoon of cumin
Pepper or chilli (optional).
Blend the chickpeas with lemon juice, salt, olive oil, water. Add tahini and basil or mint leaves and blend again to a smooth paste. Adjust the seasoning and place in a serving bowl. Garnish with mint or basil and sprinkle a little olive oil. Perfect if served with crudite’.