Vegan Feast: Houmous

Homemade houmous is probably one of life’s best kept secrets. I feel like no one does it, but it’s so good! Endlessly satisfying, very cheap, super easy and simply delicious. It’s also very good for you- tahini is really good for your skin, it’s full of calcium and loads of other minerals, and homemade houmous doesn’t have all the weird additives that are often lurking in shop bought food.

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It’s definitely better than the shop bought equivalent, and making it yourself allows you play around with the flavours. This is a pretty basic version. All you’ll need is….



1 can of chickpeas

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

3 cloves of garlic

small handful of basil leaves

good pinch of salt and pepper

Put the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor and whiz it up until it has formed a smoothish paste. Then taste it- if it needs more garlic or lemon (or anything else- you can get pretty creative here) add it.

Add in the basil leaves and salt and pepper and give it another quick whiz. Put it into a bowl, drizzle with a little more olive oil and decorate with a few chopped basil leaves. Easy!



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