Hummus is unbelievably simple to make at home – and you can do it for a fraction of the price of bought versions.
400g tin chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 large garlic clove, crushed
pinch of ground cumin
pine nuts, toasted, to garnish (optional)
Turkish bread, toast fingers, warmed pita bread or vegetable crudités
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Directions Preparation:10min › Ready in:10min
Tip the chickpeas into a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain, then transfer to a food processor or blender.
Add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and cumin to the chickpeas and blend together. Taste to check the balance of flavours and, if you like, add a little extra oil, lemon juice or cumin. If the mixture is very thick, add 1–2 tablespoons of hot water to thin the consistency a little.
Spoon the hummus into a dish and chill until ready to serve. If you have toasted sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the top. Serve with the dipper of your choice.
There's no need to buy pine nuts just for using as a garnish. Alternative garnishes could include sesame seeds, black olives, thin curls of lemon zest, a little paprika or a drizzle of olive oil.