Hummus Three Ways

Beetroot hummus

Beetroot hummus

There is no greater friend to a dip lover (or vegan) than hummus. I make it ALL the time - for parties, work morning tea, snacks, for Buddha Bowls, etc. Hummus is an ancient food that is thought to originate in Egypt as early as the 13th century, and is eaten throughout many mediterranean and arabic countries. The base ingredients are chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Once you have these four ingredients, you can do whatever you like! My favourite combinations are below, with a base recipe that works for me and that's delicious on its own. It's gluten free, vegan, sugar free and low fat - without any modifications! Chickpeas are also an amazing source of protein, especially for vegetarians and vegans.
Serve it as a dip by itself or add to meals as a side or sauce, spread on sandwiches or pizza, or just eat it by the spoonful..!

PLAIN HUMMUS
- 3 cups hydrated chickpeas (two cans, or 1 1/2 cups dry - see note below)
- 1 large tablespoon tahini, hulled or unhulled (your preference)
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2-4 cloves garlic (to your liking)
- Approx. 1/4 cup cold water
- 3 Tbsp olive oil

Add chickpeas to food processor and blend briefly. Add garlic, tahini, oil and lemon juice. Blend until smooth, adding water until you reach your desired consistency (not too runny!). Season with salt to taste. Serve fresh or store in the fridge for up to a week. 
NOTE: If you buy dehydrated chickpeas from a bulkfoods store, soak them over night in a big bowl of water, then boil for between 20-40 minutes until soft. Skim foam off the top as you go.
 

ROASTED BEETROOT AND GARLIC HUMMUS
Add the following with the garlic, oil, tahini and juice as per PLAIN HUMMUS recipe:
- 1 large beetroot, roasted (approx. 1hr at 180deg C)
- 5 roasted garlic cloves (approx 40min at 180deg C)
 

SPICED HUMMUS
Add the following with the garlic, oil, tahini and juice as per PLAIN HUMMUS recipe:
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- Tsp ground turmeric
- Tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp cayenne chilli powder
- Handful of chopped fresh coriander or basil

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Homegrown beets

Homegrown beets