Monday, September 3, 2012

Cheap and easy hummus

After much delay here is a simple hummus recipe. It is flexible and you can add whatever flavours you like. Also all the measurements are really to taste so just tweak them to get the flavour and texture you prefer.

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
approx. 2-3 tbsp oil (olive oil is traditional, but vegetable and canola work great too)
1-2 cloves garlic (or a generous sprinkle of garlic powder)
a splash of lemon juice (approx. 1 tbsp)

Put everything in the blender and add about 1/2 cup of water to start. Blend adding water as needed until you have a smooth and creamy consistency. (I use a magic bullet: add all ingredients then fill it to the top with water).

Season with salt and pepper.

These are some things I like to add to my hummus to boost the flavour.
  • parsley and paprika
  • 1-2 pieces of jarred roasted red pepper
  • a few olives, pits removed
  • 0.5-1 tsp tahini/nut butter/sesame oil
If you like creamier hummus  increase the oil and decrease the water, if you like more bite add a little more lemon juice*.

*lemon juice is usually in 1 L bottles in the juice isle. It is fairly cheap and keeps forever (unless you eat a lot of hummus).

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