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Hummus – Three quick and easy ways

I love hummus and therefore naturally i love flavoured hummus. I mean it can be a meal on it’s own, can’t it? Sorry I know it’s the healthier way, but I don’t do carrot sticks and hummus. It has to be turkish flat bread or griddled pitta. Give me that over a bag of Doritos and sour cream dip any day. So in this post are my favourite ways to make quick hummus. This is the quick method and therefore I have taken shortcuts but it is still delicious. The great thing about hummus is that it can be spiced up according to your individual taste and that is exactly what I have done here with some very simple additions.

Hummus

According to an article published in Delicious magazine, turkish food is going to be all the rage this year and you know i love turkish food. To be honest in my view, it has been all the rage for the past five years. What I love about it most, is that they take real pride in providing fresh food. Food that really showcases the natural flavour of meat and vegetables. No overcooked vegetables here!

I have a post coming soon entitled Mangal Mania (Obviously only for research purposes 😉 ), about the sudden influx of turkish restaurants in Leicester. They are popping up everywhere! Not that i’m complaining. I live about a two minute walk away from one of my favourite turkish places. Just think creamy hummus, yummy pide, scrumptious sigara borek, divine dolma, flavourful menemen, delectable manti, tasty kofta, syrupy baklava, savoury beyti, luchious lahmacun, mountains of meze and don’t even get me started on the array of things the turkish can do with an aubergine.  Sorry I got a bit carried away there.

Hummus

So my top three ways to eat hummus are plain old hummus, Zataar Hummus and Chipotle Hummus. Side note, tahini is a sesame seed paste and is available in most supermarkets.

You cannot go wrong with plain hummus. Really. It is so quick and easy to prepare and is as tasty as it is filling (if you include some flatbread and perhaps a salad). i prefer my hummus a bit grainer, but feel free to add additional water/tahini/oil to get it to the consistency you prefer.

Then we have Zataar Hummus.. This aromatic spice blend adds a zingy twist to plain hummus and apparently it is good for the mind and the skin. (You’re welcome). I have a homemade Zataar recipe coming very soon but for this quick recipe I used store brought zataar which is available in all supermarkets.

Lastly I love Chipotle Hummus. The chipotle paste adds a smoky flavour and real depth to the hummus. I got my jar from Marks and Spencer. You could of course use chipotle peppers in adobo sauce but sometimes, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Hummus 3 ways
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3 ways to make hummus - plain, zataar and chipotle hummus
Ingredients
Plain Hummus
  • 1 xs 400g tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 50g cup tahini
  • 30g cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • Salt to taste
Zataar Hummus
  • 1 xs 400 g tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 50g cup tahini
  • 30g cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp zataar
  • Salt to taste
Chipotle Hummus
  • 1 xs 400 g tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 50g cup tahini
  • 30g cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, add the drained chickpeas, tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and blend.
  2. Process until everything is mixed and has a smooth consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust. If it is too dry, add a tbsp water.
  3. Add to a serving bowl.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. For the Zataar hummus, add all of the above to the blender plus the paprika. Then top with zataar and mix through.
  6. For the Chipotle hummus, add all of the above to the blender plus the chipotle paste.

 

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