The first time I encountered hummus, I was eighteen years old and had no clue what it was.  I knew it had to be something special, because my ex-boyfriend threw himself at it with a savage scream and, frankly, with more excitement and enthusiasm than when throwing himself at me.  I could now grace you with a monologue on the superiority of my attributes over those of pulped chickpeas but there is no need to digress.  You see, hummus really is special, it’s tasty and healthy and quite addictive, once you get a taste for it.  So, all I would like to say to the ex-boyfriend is:  I understand… and after a brief consideration, I forgive… however, after some more consideration, I will not forget.


1 (425ml or 15oz) can of chickpeas
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs tahini(ground sesame paste)
cayenne pepper

Drain the chickpeas, reserving the fluid in a bowl and saving some chickpeas for decoration.  Put the chickpeas in a food processor (I use my trusty Petra), add olive oil, 5 Tbs of the chickpeas fluid and lemon juice and process till smooth.  Add tahini, salt and cayenne pepper and process again.  Serve as a dip in a bowl, garnished with olive oil, cayenne pepper and whole chickpeas.  It tastes great with warm pita bread, carrots, celery or as a spread on a sandwich.  You can experiment with it, adding garlic or red peppers, and different amounts of seasoning depending on your preferences and fantasy.  It keeps in the fridge for a week.

Servings: 10 (about 75kcal/serving)

Adapted from: Portable Feasts by Clare Ferguson

4 Responses to Hummus
  1. Sam
    March 1, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    hummus is delicious for sure, and your recipe looks great!

    i’d say you should forget about that stupid ex and forgive yourself for having been with him… bullet dodged!

  2. Cherine
    March 1, 2010 | 6:38 pm

    Your hummus looks delicious and beautiful :)

  3. Kasha@kitchencrush
    March 2, 2010 | 9:40 am

    Thank you, both! I love hummus and I make it very often. As for the ex, don’t be too hard on him Sam, if I had to choose between him and hummus now, I’d probably also choose hummus ;)

  4. johannasofia
    March 2, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    First of all, that is a beautiful picture! Secondly, as I have lived in Israel I consider myself a little bit more of a hummous experts than most westerners; and in spite of this, I consider the hummous made by a polish girl in Germany one of my favourites. In short, your hummous kinda rocks Kasha:)
    BUT in my opinion, you can not eat hummous without some really good olives on the side! It is also beautifully complimented by tabbouleh and some grilled meat; yummie!!!

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