What is Hummus?

Hummus is an Eastern European dip made from chickpeas, tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

It is eaten as an appetizer and dip, and can be scooped with flatbread or cucumber/carrot sticks. It can also be served as part of a meze.

Hummus is extremely healthy - it is low in saturated fat and high in fibre and protein. The fact that it is full of complex carbohydrates means that you will feel fuller for longer.

Where does hummus come from?

No one knows where hummus actually comes from, but the earliest mention of the dip was recorded in 13th century cookbooks in Egypt. To be honest, hummus has floated about the whole Eastern Mediterranean region for hundreds of years in various forms, and was likely imported from chickpea growing Arab countries to Greece. 

How to make hummus from scratch

You will need:
  • 400g drained weight of chickpeas 
  • Tahini Paste [sesame seed paste]
  • Lemon juice 
  • Crushed garlic (2 cloves)
  • Olive Oil 
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paprika 
Follow our video demo on how to put the dish together:

 Extra tips

You can hold back a few of the chickpeas to use as a garnish!

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