Hummus is a creamy puree of chickpeas and tahini (sesame seed paste) seasoned with lemon juice and garlic, and is a popular dip and spread in Greece and throughout the Middle East. Hummus can be served as part of a meze platter; with bread or vegetable crudités for dipping; as a spread or filling for pita bread; or as a tasty, creamy alternative to butter in sandwiches.
A spoonful or two of hummus can also add richness to Mediterranean-style soups and stews, and it can even be spread over grilled chicken or fish. And for a simple, healthful snack, you can enjoy it spread onto celery sticks.
While you can buy hummus in most supermarkets these days, it’s also very easy to make your own. We’re always amazed how a few simple ingredients can be transformed into such a smooth, creamy and positively irresistible mixture.
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup water
14 oz (400g) canned chickpeas — rinsed and drained
½ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 teaspoon salt
Variations: Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the hummus and sprinkle with a small amount of paprika. And If you like a spicier hummus, add a small red chili (chopped) or a pinch of cayenne pepper, or try a little cumin for a more exotic variation.