Hummus, a healthy and easy snack

Although the origin of hummus is Egyptian, nowadays it is becoming more and more typical in every home in the world, including Spain. Cooking this delicious snack is the perfect option if you do not have so much time but you want a healthy version. There many varieties apart from the original one, which will be described here.

Ingredients (4 serves):

  • 400g boiled chickpeas
  • 2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 70g tahini (or toasted sesame seeds)
  • 50 ml water
  • One garlic clove
  • Salt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper

How to make it:

This recipe is really quick and easy for those who are not really good at cooking. Besides, this will surprise your guests!

  1. Wash the chickpeas well to remove the liquid in which they were preserved.
  2. Drain them and put them in a food processor.
  3. Add the peeled clove of garlic, the tahini cream, the cumin, the salt and pepper, the lemon juice and the water.
  4. Grind to obtain a semi-homogeneous paste, and then add the spoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Keep grinding for a few minutes or until you obtain a creamy mixture. A tip to get more creaminess is by adding a little natural yoghurt.

As it was above-mentioned, there are different versions, for example, hummus of pepper, black olive or even avocado. However, there are as many options as you can imagine, here you have the creative power.

Different types of hummus.

Different types of hummus. | Shutterstock

How to serve it:

The traditional way to serve this snack is with toasted Pita bread. However, if you want to make it healthier, crudités are a perfect option! This recipe is very versatile, as you can also use this paste for your toasts, either for breakfast, snacks, or dinners.

Another tip for a better presentation of the dish is to add a splash of olive oil, some leftover chickpeas and paprika (if it is ‘Pimentón de la Vera’ paprika, even better!).

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