Homemade hummus and tahini paste

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At last! New season of Game of Thrones. Was waiting for that for a whole year. So as soon I was back home I sorted out all my stuff and was ready to watch. But… I needed a snack. And because I am really trying to be healthy and to not eat any crisps, I had the great idea to make my own hummus. The best thing about this recipe is that I had all of the ingredients in the cupboard apart from tahini. With the help of Google I found a recipe for that too. Quickly bought some more sesame seeds and was ready to go.

Ingredients:

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  • About 150 g sesame seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt
  • Optional: cayenne pepper, parsley, dill, sundried tomatoes

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First we will start by making the tahini paste. Put the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan and roast them. Be careful not to burn them.

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When they are roasted, put them on a plate and wait until they are cooled down.

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Place the roasted seeds in a blender, add some olive oil.

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Start to blend the seeds, slowly adding more olive oil until it creates a smooth paste.

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When the tahini paste is ready, transfer into a jar or container and place in the fridge. You can store this for a month.

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Now for the main event – the hummus. Drain the chickpeas and place in a blender. Add the garlic.

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Then add the juice from half of the lemon,

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followed by the tahini paste and salt.

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Lastly add a splash of olive oil and start mixing.

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Blend until smooth. If you prefer a more runny consitency add more oil. Taste and check if you need any more salt or lemon juice 🙂

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At this point you can add other ingredients to flavour your paste. Personally I love smokey pepper.

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So now we are ready to eat. Enjoy it on your favourite bread with veg or serve it as a dip with chopped carrots and celery sticks 🙂

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