Recipe: Chickpea Puree (Hummus)

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This well liked Greek starter of pureed chickpeas flavored with lemon, herbs and spices can be traced back as far as ancient Greece, from where the practice of mashing pulses originates


  • 7oz (200g) chick peas
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons ground sesame seeds (tahin)
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • one third of a teaspoon of pepper
  • one third of a teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 level teaspoon of salt
  • chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Place the chick peas in a large bowl and leave to soak overnight
    2. Boil the soaked chickpeas until soft, then drain and allow to cool
    3. Place the ground sesame seeds in a bowl and dilute with water
    4. Put the chick peas in a mixer and while grinding add the ground sesame seeds, salt, garlic, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil
    5. Continue grinding until the hummus becomes smooth and creamy
    6. Serve cold sprinkled with paprika and garnished with finely chopped parsley

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