A good basic hummus recipe requires chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and spices, according to BBC.co.uk. Water and salt are also required. Optional ingredients include tahini paste and extra herbs or spices to taste.
To make a good basic hummus recipe, first drain and rinse 7 ounces of canned chickpeas. Next, combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 3 1/2 fluid ounces of tahini and a dash of salt. Combine these ingredients with 4 tablespoons of water, and blend in a food processor, or mix with a mortar and pestle until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture onto a plate or into a bowl, and add extra lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste, then smooth the mixture with the back of a spoon. Season with 1 teaspoon of paprika, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
The hummus can be served with pita bread. Warm the bread in a microwave oven for up to three minutes or until heated thoroughly, then proceed to cut the bread into four quarters. The hummus can also be used as a spread in sandwiches, as a side dip for crackers or served with breadsticks.