I went to the Women’s Show in Ottawa last Sunday and there were so many booths with hummus. All kinds of hummus. Hummus with pesto, hot chilies, garlic, nuts, among other things. It is so good but every time I have make hummus it is too garlicky with that raw garlic bite. Roasting the garlic would solve this problem. Here’s my recipe for roasted garlic. You can serve this as a dip or instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich.
Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made with chickpeas. Hummus is high in iron, vitamin C and has folate and vitamin B6. It makes a good vegetarian dish and when eaten with bread makes a complete protein. Chickpeas are a source of dietary fibre and protein. I’m not vegetarian but I do eat vegetarian meals regularly and I can feel good knowing I’m eating something nutritious.
- Chickpeas - 1 540ml - Drained and Rinsed
- Water - 4 tbsp
- Tahini - 2 tbsp
- Roasted Garlic - 2 Bulbs
- Lemon Juice - Half, Fresh Squeezed
- Olive OIl - 3 tbsp
- Cumin - 1 tsp
- Salt - To Taste
- Pepper - Fresh Cracked, To Taste
- Paprika - 1 tsp
- Fresh Parsley - 2 tbsp Chopped
- Put the chickpeas in a food processor or magic bullet, which is what I used. Add water a tbsp at a time and blend. If it's too thick add more water and blend again. Keep repeating this process until you have the consistency you like for hummus.
- Add the tahini, roasted garlic (my recipe for roasted garlic), lemon juice, 2 tbsp of the olive oil (reserving the other tbsp for the garnish), cumin, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. If you are using the magic bullet you have to stop and shake it and blend again. Repeating this until you like the consistency and thickness.
- Make sure you test it at this point. If it's not lemony enough add another squeeze of lemon. Not enough garlic? Add a small amount of a raw clove (1/4 clove).
- To serve the hummus, scoop it into a bowl making a well in the centre. Pour the reserved olive oil and then sprinkle with the paprika. This is so pretty. Sprinkle the fresh parsley over the whole bowl of hummus. Serve with pita, raw vegetables, crackers and other dippers.