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  • Writer's pictureYiannoulla Burness

Creamy Chickpea Hummus

Are you looking for a smooth, creamy and delicious spread. Hummus comes to mind. It is quick and easy to make, gluten free, nutritious and ingredients are readily available at your local supermarket. Hummus is a popular dish in Middle Eastern countries and is often served on a large plate, drizzled with olive oil and a light sprinkling of smoked paprika or sumac . It is then garnished with whatever takes your fancy. Below are two examples of garnish you may like.

Cooked chickpeas also known as garbanzos are the main ingredient in this spread.



Equipment: Food processor, Blender or Thermomix


Ingredients:

400g cooked organic chickpeas ( set aside 2 tablespoons of whole chickpeas for garnish)

75g tahini sesame paste

8g fresh minced garlic

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 heaped teaspoon cumin powder

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon sunflower oil

2 tablespoon cold water

1 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste


Method

Drain chickpeas and place in a food processor or blender along with the rest of ingredients. Process until smooth and creamy 3 - 5 minutes. Taste for flavour adjust seasoning if necessary.


Garnish

25g garlic cloves unpeeled or 6 medium size cloves

170g eggplant chopped

5 scallions (spring onion)

2 tablespoon whole chickpeas ( tossed in a mix of 1/4 teaspoon smoke paprika, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder, 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder, a dash of maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon oil to coat)


Prepare garnish

On a baking tray place unpeeled garlic, spring onion, chopped eggplant tossed in a little salt and oil, prepared chickpeas. Place in oven at 180C for 10 -15 minutes or until done.


Assemble

Transfer hummus to a serving plate add garnish, lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Eat with pita or your favourite bread.

Eat with crackers or vegetable sticks.



Garnish

Light sifting of smoked paprika

Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Sprinkling of fresh pine nuts, chopped pistachio nuts and pomegranate seeds


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