Easy Lemony Hummus
Hummus is one of those dishes foodies are never partial to. The food world is divided into those who love hummus and they’d eat it for every meal and those who can’t stand hummus. I love hummus to bits, I think hummus and I were made for each other and I doubt there is such a thing as too much hummus. If you are a connoisseur, you will definitely want to check out our Easy Lemony Hummus recipe, because it’s easy to prepare at home, it’s ready in 5 minutes and it tastes much better than store-bought hummus.
Ingredients list for Easy Lemony Hummus:
- 400 gr boiled chickpeas (I used canned, but you can soak and boil dry chickpeas if you wish)
- 4 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs tahini
- the grated rind of a lemon
- the juice of half a lemon
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
Preparation method for Easy Lemony Hummus:
Drain the chickpeas, but keep aside some of the water, just in case your hummus is too thick. Place the chickpeas in the food processor. Add 3 tbs olive oil, tahini, the lemon rind and the garlic cloves. Process until a smooth, even-colored paste is formed. Gradually add lemon juice. You will have to find out what works best for you. I like my hummus a bit on the sour side, but you may discover that you disagree. Add salt and pepper according to your preference and process for 30 seconds extra.
The result should be a light-colored paste, the consistency of mascarpone or cream cheese. If your hummus is thicker than that, add a couple of tablespoons of the water in the can (or the water it boiled in) until you get to the right thickness.
Layer the hummus on a shallow dish and sprinkle the remaining olive oil on top. Some people top it up with lemon slices, chili powder or chopped parsley leaves.
Traditionally, Middle Eastern people eat hummus with flat breads, but I’ve tried it with fresh sourdough bread and believe me when I tell you that combination is incredibly tasty. Experiment with hummus, find out what your taste buds love the most, and have fun while doing so.
Hummus tastes great by itself, but you can also use it as the base for a sandwich or a wrap (with chicken/turkey, tomatoes, lettuce) or as a side dish for most types of grilled meat.