Have you ever made your own hummus? This dish is very popular in the Middle East and it’s a great way to impress family and friends with the flavours of the region. But what do you put in it? Here are some ideas and some tips to get you started.
Packet Hummus You can buy this mix from a packet or from a shop. It’s easy to make so it is popular for parties too, as it tastes great and is healthy too. What you’ll need for this recipe is some chick peas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, extra virgin olive oil and salt. Thin to medium cut of red onion also works well. Put all these ingredients in a food processor and whiz until they become a smooth paste.
Mix Hummus You don’t have to be a food expert to make hummus – it can be made with just a little imagination. Put a little water in the food processor and turn on the blender until it becomes a smooth paste. Add salt and mix through. At this point it can be stored in an airtight container. You can also add a flavour such as tahini to give it a unique taste.
Serve Hummus Let your guests serve themselves. This makes a tasty dessert as well as a great way to impress your guests. You can drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top before serving. It’s also good to put the hummus in a container to set it and forget – the only clean up you need is to wipe it down!
Serve in Jars Hummus is best enjoyed when it’s cold, so to keep its taste and freshness you can refrigerate it. You can buy a packet of instant-freezing powder at any store and mix it with warm water to make it into a jam. When you’re ready to serve, just place the jam into the jar, add a little sugar and shake thoroughly. You’ll enjoy the added thickness and flavour of this rich, creamy dip anytime.
If you’re a newbie to the hummus game then you can make your own hummus by using chickpea flour. All you need to do is blend together chickpea flour, olive oil and water to create your own instant hummus. It’s quick to make and you can use it immediately. It makes a great snack to serve to kids and will impress your guests. If you want to have more than one packet, you can store them in the freezer to be ready for when you need to use it.
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