I made this one Sunday evening as a treat for two shouting men watching football. They wacked it well. Their team won. But I can’t take the credit for that. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Ingredients (feeds about 3 people)
For the hummus:
2 cans of chickpeas
4 large cloves of garlic
3 limes, juiced
a pinch of salt
a pinch of black pepper
a good glug of extra virgin olive oil
a a small splash of filtered water
Tahini/sesame paste (optional – I didn’t have any so I skipped it)
For the topping:
1/4 kilo or 250g of minced meat
Seasoning to taste (I used a rich leftover gravy because I am extra, but plain salt and pepper is fine)
2 sprigs of spring onions, chopped
1 small raw beetroot, chopped
a handful of parsley, chopped
a few cubes of feta cheese
olive oil for drizzling
- Put all the hummus ingredients in a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Transfer this into a medium sized bowl or dish, smoothe the surface, and keep in the fridge.
- Heat a non-stick pan until very hot, no oil necessary, and then put the minced meat or ground beef in and stir fry for a minute. At this point, I poured over my gravy and this is where you would season with salt and pepper and any herbs you like.
- Let all the liquid dry up if there’s any and ensure that the beef is cooked through well.
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
- Now bring out the hummus from the fridge and place the meat in a circle on top of it.
- Sprinkle over the beets, parsley, feta and spring onion.
- Drizzle over a generour amount of good olive oil and set aside
- You can enjoy this with plain pitta bread, but to make chips, you cut each pitta slice into about 6 – 8 pieces, drizzle with olive oil, salt and black pepper, and roast in a hot oven briefly until crisp. Transfer to a dish to serve.
- For the poppadoms, fry according to the pack instructions and serve up in a dish.
- Enjoy with a nice glass of red wine and think positive thoughts about the week ahead!
Photo credit for this post: Ighosime Oyofo
So how do you feel about hummus? It’s one of those things people either love or hate. Do you ever make it at home, or do you prefer to order it while out? Where is your favourite place to get hummus in Lagos, or which is the best you’ve tried? I’m trying to recall my faves, and I think so far it’s a tie between Blowfish, Goodies and Cactus.
Wow, there’s an idea for a post – perhaps I should go out one day with my camera and do a post on all three. Feel free to chime in on any other places with good hummus you think I should include!