Hooray for Hummus!

Recipes, Savoury Snacks

Recently the New York times reported that the annual turnover of the hummus industry in the US has increased a hundredfold. Wait a minute? Hummus industry? I didn’t even know such a thing existed. But seemingly it does. And I know why. Because hummus is brilliant.

The innocent mixture of chickpeas, lemon juice, sesame paste and olive oil is a great plant-based bread spread. You can just prepare a huge pot and put it in your fridge and there’s no need to worry about what to eat for dinner anymore. What is more, you just need to add flour to make your own falafel! It’s rich in proteins, too, and apparently, Natalie Portman is totally obsessed with it. Need any more motivation to get cooking? No? Alright then let”s get started.

Hooray Hummus with Sundried Tomatoes

Ingredients (for a medium size bowl):

  • 240g chickpeas (canned)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 handfull of basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 handfull of nuts
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2-3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of mixed cumin, cinnamon & nutmeg ( I usually buy mixed falafel spices at my local turkish super market; besides the spices mentioned above, the mixture contains small quantities of coriander, ginger, pepper, allspice and cloves )


  1. Rinse the chickpeas;
  2. Squeeze the lemon;
  3. Toast the nuts;
  4. Peel the garlic;
  5. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and puree them either with a stick blender, or a food processor if you’re lucky enough to have one. The mixture should obtain a creamy texture, if it’s too thick, just add a tiny little bit of olive oil or water

Tip: To make falafel just add 4 tablespoons of flour, form little balls and fry them in a pan with just a little bit of olive oil


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