Not Quite Hommus

Jamie Oliver has the most delicious ‘Smashed Chickpea’ recipe. This is basically it, minus the chillies and smashing, so my kids will eat it.

After a few weeks of over indulgence I need to focus on getting adequate veges and protein into the kids. Fruit has never been an issue, nor has veges for the girls. But the boys need some encouraging. Levi will not eat legumes but when I blitz the following recipe up in the food processor he devours it. He even dips carrot in and eats it all up! A small victory!

If making it for adults then it is well worth adding the dried chillies pounded up or a bit of dried chilli flakes.

not quite hommus

1 tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, pounded up in a mortar and pestle
1 clove of garlic, pounded into a paste in a mortar and pestle
juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Put the chickpeas, cumin, garlic, squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil into a food processor. Blitz until smooth then add more lemon juice, more olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

After I had the flavour just right I found the mixture was still quite thick so I added just a drizzle of water and blitzed again.

Pop into a bowl and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Serve with baked pita bread shards and veges to dip.

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2 Responses to Not Quite Hommus

  1. Sharolyn says:

    I always keep a few spare tins of hommus in the cupboard for a quick and healthy snack. I also read in a cookbook by the Hairy Bikers (have you seen their show – lovely guys) that in lots of eastern European countries they add a little natural yoghurt which makes the hommus extra creamy… it's a nice little adaption and good quality yoghurt has lots of goodies in it too 🙂

  2. Natalie says:

    Nigella talks about adding natural yoghurt to hommus too but I have never tried it. I will give it a go next time!

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