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Traditional Hummus


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • paprika to finish


  1. Soak chickpeas over night (8 hours) in plenty of cold water and 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas and then cook in a large saucepan with plenty of water for approximately 45 minutes until tender.
  3. Remove from the heat, drain and cool. Set aside a few chickpeas to garnish hummus with if you like.
  4. Place chickpeas in a food processor along with tahini, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and a generous sprinkle of salt.
  5. Process until a thick paste adding a little water until you reach the consistency needed.  Taste and adjust flavours if needed .

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika.

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