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Global hummus shortage: Here’s how to make your own

A global hummus shortage could soon be heading our way as the supply of chickpeas – the key ingredient – faces a global shortage. Supplies of the legume, also used to make falafel, could drop by as much as 20% this year according to the Global Pulse Confederation.

Poor weather and the war in Ukraine have curtailed chickpea supplies, sending the price of the protein-rich bean soaring.

However, with that being said, the team at Food Fire Friends have revealed a quick and easy recipe for you to make hummus at home, to keep you stocked up throughout the year!

What is hummus?

Hummus is a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. It’s commonly eaten in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The standard garnish in the Middle East includes olive oil, a few whole chickpeas, parsley, and paprika. In Middle Eastern cuisine, it is usually eaten as a dip, with pita bread.

Hummus Recipe:

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 240g/8oz canned chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 rounds of pitta bread

Method:

1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse in a colander or strainer and thoroughly rinse using cold water.

2. Combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahini, and water in a food processor or blender, and blend to a creamy purée.

3. Add a little more lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste. Turn out into a bowl and smooth with the back of a spoon then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

4. Sprinkle with paprika and serve with pita bread, warmed in a moderate oven or even vegetables cut into thin slices.

 

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