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Chickpea dip



1 cup uncooked chickpeas
cup raw tahini (ground sesame seeds)
cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tsp cumin
Sweet paprika, olive oil and some parsley (for decoration only)


  1. Soak the chickpeas in water for 8-10 hours.
  2. Strain and drain the chickpeas and cook them in 5 cups water for 2 hours until totally soft.
  3. Strain and take them out of the water (keep the water!), reserve a few chickpeas for decoration.
  4. Place chickpeas and other ingredients in blender, gradually adding a small amount of the cooking water.
  5. Blend this mixture until smooth.
  6. Put the hummus spread in an attractive shallow bowl and decorate it with the cooked chickpeas, olive oil, paprika and some parsley.

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