By Bernard Preston

Easy Hummus

by Al Lewis
(Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)

I make a tasty Hummus with basic ingredients. I find that the better quality the ingredients, the better the end result.

My secret is I make my own tahini (sesame paste) I presumed this would be difficult but in reality it's a cinch :

1. Place 2 cups of sesame seed on a baking tray and bake for 8mins (I usually turn the seeds 2-3 times to prevent burning). Bake until the seeds are slightly golden.

2. Blitz with 80ml of Olive oil in a blender until the paste is smooth in texture. Depending on the power of your blender this can take some time (2-3min).

That's the tahini done!

The Hummus itself:


1/3 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
chick peas 2/3 cup
salt 1/2 teaspoon
1 clove garlic, 10 cumin seeds

1. Crush the clove of garlic (simply with a knife with the skin still intact) and boil it with the cumin. We are only using the essence of these two ingredients so sieve out the seeds and the garlic, and keep the water.
2. Add the garlic-water to the other ingredients in a blender and blitz for a short time until the hummus is light and creamy. Add extra water if the hummus is dry.


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