Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Houmous or Hummus or .....

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...even humous, hommos, hommus, hummos, hummous or humus.

Well, who knows? I'm sure some of you do, but I usually go with one of the two at the top.

I'd never heard of it until about six years ago (is it really that long ago since I was a postgrad student) it seemed to become really popular all of a sudden and appeared just about on every menu and on the shelves of all the shops. Or, did I just not notice it before?

I have to admit though that the first time I tried it I didn't like it at all, which seemed to become a problem as the stuff was everywhere and everyone was eating it, so it was constantly offered to me. My Eureka moment came when my friend brought a huge bowl full of the stuff to a BBQ at my house. I gave it another chance and have never looked back.

Of course my friend didn't have a recipe though, like with so many good things that you make a lot all she could say was add a little of this and add a little of that. Not very helpful at all. That's when my quest for a great Houmous recipe started. I've tried many different ones over the years and this is the one that I have settled with (for now...I'm open to temptation) because it's pretty close to perfection in my opinion. Plus, a huge bonus in my eyes is, that it uses no olive oil (I can hear some of you cry out in despair: How can it be Houmous if there is no olive oil in it?! Trust me, if only this once!), so it must have less calories and be even better for you. Right? Well, I don't care really, I just eat it!

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The Best Houmous or Hummus or.....

1 can chickpeas
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp tahini
1 tsp cumin

Drain the chickpeas, but save the liquid.

Add chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini to the food processor or place them in a large bowl if you're using a stick blender.

Blend until you have a coarse but even consistency. You might need to srcape the sides down.

Add some of the reserved chickpea liquid until you get your preferred consistency. I'd start off with 3 tablespoons and add more if you like.



14 comments:

Kristen said...

I'm always looking for a good hummus recipe. I think I just found it :)

Peter M said...

Nicely done...I like my Hummus with cumin too!

Kevin said...

That hummus looks nice and creamy and good! Using hummus as a dip is one of my favorites snacks.

beth said...

Looks good. Last time I made hummus, I accidently added twice the garlic and it was HORRIBLE. Maybe it is time to give it another try though.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Looks delicious! I love to make hummus, or whatever you call it lol.

nicisme said...

Mmmm... I would love a bowl of that, has a lovely colour to it.

Ginny said...

Hummus...thats my vote! but regardless of the name...looks excellent! :)

Sylvie said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments.

Marie said...

Great looking Hummus Sylvie! I love Hummus! I like to eat it with raw veggies like a dip or with wheat crackers!

Jaime said...

i didn't like hummus initially either but i think that's b/c i like the flavored/spiced up ones... don't care much for plain hummus!

Megan said...

I never heard of hummus with cumin before. I will try this next time it looks so luscious.

Megan

Bellini Valli said...

I think I like the addition of the cumin...I will have to give that a go:D

Rosie said...

Oh this is a perfect hummus dish!! One I MUST try out and have bookmarked this too :)

Rosie x

Sylvie said...

If you do I hope you'll like it, Rosie.