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A simple and classic hummus recipe, bright with cumin, garlic and lemon juice.

Hummus recipe. Photography: Jana Langhorst
Serves: 6
Fresh from the garden: Garlic, lemon, parsley
Season: All

What’s your favourite way of eating hummus – with bread, vegetable sticks, dolloped over a fresh salad? This creamy, high-protein dip is a great way to make a snack into a simple, tasty meal.

The chickpeas should have been soaked in water overnight so they cook well. They also take around 1 hour to cook, so they will have been prepared ahead for you, and you may help to prepare some for the next class. Cook the chickpeas in lightly salted water until very soft. Allow to cool, reserving a little of the water.

A well-known version of hummus contains tahini (sesame paste) and is correctly known as ‘hummus bi tahini’; for this variation, add 3 tablespoons of tahini to the recipe below.


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What to do

  • Remember to put a damp tea towel under your chopping board to stop it from slipping.

  • 1. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

  • 2. Roast the cumin seeds in the small frying pan over a low heat until aromatic.

  • 3. Grind the toasted seeds in the mortar and pestle.

  • 4. Add the chickpeas and cumin to the food processor and season.

  • 5. Process for 30 seconds, then add the olive oil, garlic and lemon.

  • 6. Add a little cooking water or olive oil if needed and blend again to make a soft purée.

  • 7. Taste and check for seasoning.

  • 8. Spoon onto serving plates and garnish each one with some torn parsley, cayenne pepper and a little drizzle of oil.

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