13 April 2008

Hummus for Lunch

I have been buying hummus for a while now and it seemed like madness. I knew I probably had all the ingredients in my store cupboard. I did. So I plugged in my mini food processor and got to work. I only took me a few minutes to make. There is no excuse for me now!


Hummus

400g can chickpeas
1 handful fresh coriander
1 lemon, juice and rind
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Drain the chickpeas and rinse well, keep some aside, to top the hummus with, add the rest to the processor with all the other ingredients and whizz until it is the right consistency for you. You may like more garlic and olive oil in your hummus.

I split the batch in half and added a red chilli to one batch. This was for Graham's friend Paul, who likes his food spicy. I topped the hummus with the remaining chickpeas and sprinkled some paprika over the top.

I used my half of the hummus in sandwiches with grated carrot and salad leaves, which were unbelievably tasty!

31 comments:

  1. I like your whole chickpeas in your hummus. Hummus is simply beautiful.

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  2. When I first tasted hummus I didn't like it but I've since come to love it. I like your addition of fresh coriander. If I haven't said it already: I really like your blog.

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  3. Yay...you finally didn't blink for a photo, lookin' good!

    Hummus is so easy to make and canned chick peas are of good quality. Save your "quid" and make your own and enjoy.

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  4. Hi Pixie, not all of the remaining chickpeas survived! I like to chomp on them as I am making my Hummus.

    I love it too now, Sylvie, I made it before without the tahini and it wasn't so good. The tahini makes a big difference to the flavour.

    Hi Peter, Thanks, but you may notice I am not looking at the camera! The hummus is lovely and it smells so good, it makes your mouth water!

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  5. It's madness to buy hummus when you can whip it up in seconds at home. =) Who needs to leave the house?? Hehe.

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  6. Hi Romina, you are so right :)

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  7. The first time I tasted it at my friends dinner last year I thought it's was awfull..now that I've tasted again last month it's seems better..maybe I have to get used to it..perfectly agree with Sylvie!
    Silvia

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  8. Hi Silvia, you have to have a good one, I think! Try making your own and playing about with the flavours.

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  9. Isn't home-made hummus fantastic? We have this fairly frequently around here for a quick and tasty protein-boost. And the varieties are endless (sundried tomatoes, garlicy, pesto. . . mmmm!).

    PS love the new photo!

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  10. Your hummus sandwiches sound tasty, you might try them with pita bread, shredded beet root and carrots along with your lettuce leaves.

    You said you made this with things 'around the house;' my problem is I never have tahini just sitting around. For what else do you use it? I'm afraid to buy any and have it go rancid before I use it -- although this simply may be an indication I should make hummus more often!

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  11. Thanks Ricki, Peter told me the old one was no good, because my eyes were shut!

    Sundried tomatoes, mmmm, those would be good in hummus!

    Hi Tadmack,
    I just bought the tahini for making hummus, but it was worth it! I think you should make more hummus!

    I tried to tempt Graham with pitta bread today, but he wasn't impressed, so I decided to stick to sandwiches for a while. I think he was spoilt by the lovely pitta we had in cyprus!

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  12. Hummus is a beautiful thing Holler. I usually buy mine as well. One of our local Greek restaurants market markets their tzadziki and hummus. They are simply the best in a pinch...other than our own of course:D

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  13. I've just posted a hummous recipe too - great minds think alike! I like the idea of adding fresh coriander and will try that next time. I find it just so moreish - if I wasn't careful, I could easily eat a pot a night!

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  14. Hi Val, I bet that Greek hummus is really tasty!

    Your hummus looks really good Antonia. I long to spend evenings sitting out in the garden too, but I fear that we are going to have a wet year!

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  15. This sounds like my kind of lunch. Simple yet delicious.

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  16. Ah hummus. I always have a container of it in the fridge as I love it for a snack. Yours looks great Holler and you have mentioned a few ingredients in yours that I have not tried in mine yet! What is so great about hummus, you can add a variety of roasted veggies to kick it up a notch!

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  17. It's a lunch to look forward to Vicarious Foodie.

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  18. I bet you have a wine or two you could suggest drinking with it Deb!

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  19. sound delicious - home made hummus is so much nicer and so easy but I still don't make it that often! Did you like the smoked paprika used sparingly?

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  20. I can't think of anything better to have for lunch- yum! You're right... it's so easy and yet I rarely make it.

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  21. I did use the paprika sparingly this time, Johanna lol! Much better!

    Hi Recipegirl,It is my new favourite, my recipe du jour!

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  22. I just bought a bunch of tahini to start experimenting with hummus recipes. I'll add this one to the "to try" list. Thanks!

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  23. Hi Psychgrad, go make that hummus girl!

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  24. Oh I adore hoummus! Preferably with lots of garlic in it. Should make it more often myself I guess, like you said, there really isn't any excuse...:)

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  25. Homemade hummus is the best, Holler!

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  26. Yum!! I love making hummus, it's one of my favourite lunches and I love the way that it is so easy! I always go easy on the tahini in mine though as I find it a bit overpowering. Love putting coriander in it too, yum!

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  27. Hi Pia, I went easy on the garlic, but even though I brushed, I still tasted it all afternoon!

    Hi Patricia, It is worth it, you are right!

    I haven't overdone the tahini yet, helen, but it does seem to be the kiss of death for hummus! I will stick to my measurements, I think!

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  28. Yum looks great! I like seeing the whole chickpeas in there too. I never liked hummus until I came across the recipe in How it All Vegan (http://www.eatmedelicious.com/2007/10/hummus.html). I think what makes it different and extra special is that there are sauteed onions as well as lots of tahini in it.

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  29. about the tahini, you can use it to thicken a veggie stew [like you can peanut butter]. i wrote to the company and asked them for recipes. some people are helpful and it means that you buy their products too.

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  30. Hi, just discovered your blog and love it! Could I ask, how long will the hummus keep for in the fridge?

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    1. Hi there, thanks for the kind words. As to the hummus, I usually only keep it in the fridge for two or three days, but I am a bit too cautious at times :)

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