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Perfect Hummus courtesy of Felicity Cloake (again!). To be honest, I’ve probably only cooked dried chickpeas a couple of times before. But I got myself a new pressure cooker recently so 40 mins is way more realistic than the 4 hours mentioned in the original recipe.
Definitely the best hummus I’ve made so far - I’m sure its delicious with tinned chickpeas also if you’re short on time
Also pictured below (on the right) is my Artichoke & Lemon dip


  • 200g dried chickpeas
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 6 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Big pinch of cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Olive oil and paprika, to top


  1. Put the chickpeas in a bowl and cover with twice the volume of cold water. Stir in 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda and leave to soak for 24 hours (apparently the bicarb helps to soften the chickpeas)
  2. Drain, rinse well and cook in a pressure cooker for approx 40 minutes (@12psi). Release pressure slowly and allow to cool in the water (Alternatively simmer for 1-4 hours until very tender)
  3. Once cool, drain well reserving the cooking liquid. Set aside a few whole chickpeas as a garnish. Mix the tahini with half the lemon juice and the crushed garlic – it should tighten up – then stir in enough cooled cooking liquid to make a loose paste. Add this, and the chickpeas, to a food processor and whizz to make a purée
  4. Add the cumin and a generous pinch of salt, then gradually tip in enough cooking water to give a soft paste – it should just hold its shape, but not be claggy. (You’ll need approx 6 tbsp). Taste, and add more lemon juice, garlic or salt according to taste
  5. Tip into a bowl, and when ready to serve, drizzle with olive oil, garnish with the reserved chickpeas and sprinkle with a pinch of paprika