Ever wondered how to make Hummus? That healthy dip/paste made from chickpeas that you dip carrot and celery sticks into? Yes, that stuff? It is called Hummus. Some say, “Hugh-miss”, whilst others say “hum-miss” and some say “hom-miss”. However you say it, it is YUMMY and wholesome and it’s easy to make from scratch – you literally pop everything into a blender and blitz!
Tahini is part of the ingredient list, which is basically a paste made from sesame seeds that are roasted then ground. Most supermarkets will sell this in their health section and there are various South African brands making Tahini. If however, you cannot find Tahini, you can make it yourself by frying 6 tablespoons of sesame seeds in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Once they have browned nicely (be careful no to burn them), take them off the heat, drain off the olive oil, allow to cool and then place in a blender and blend the sesame seeds until smooth. Use this as your Tahini paste.
Hummus can be served with any of the following:
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Bread sticks
- Cucumber sticks
- Potato Chips
- Pita Bread
- Baked Sweet Potato
You can spice up your Hummus by adding a variety of other ingredients too – play around by adding an ingredient that you love and adjust the consistency using olive oil, water and lemon juice. Here are some ingredient ideas to add a little pizzaz to your Hummus!
- Garlic Mushrooms
- Turmeric or Curry Powder
- Roasted Red Peppers and Red Jalapenos
- Roasted Garlic
- Spinach and Feta
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Caramelised Onions
Anyone ready to eat some Hummus now?
Learn how to make perfectly smooth Hummus from scratch. A healthy snack for home or to serve when entertaining.
- 2 tins chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 6 tablespoons tahini paste
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoons cumin
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- black pepper, to taste
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more water if necessary.
- To serve, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with chopped herbs and red chilli (totally optional!!) and an assortment of crackers or crudites (veggie sticks)
- If however, you cannot find Tahini, you can make it yourself by frying 6 tablespoons of sesame seeds in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Once they have browned nicely (be careful no to burn them), take them off the heat, drain off the olive oil, allow to cool and then place in a blender and blend the sesame seeds until smooth.