Hummus is my favourite dip. I have to admit that l got to know and appreciate it only once I moved to Australia. It is not so common in Italy, or at least it didn’t use to be until a few years ago. I love its tangy and zesty taste and its earthy and sometimes coarse consistency. It goes well with so many dishes… l love it on kebabs and I often serve it plain with a dash of extra virgin olive oil and some Lebanese bread or, like in this case, tortilla chips. It is a great starter or snack and it is healthy too. It is surprisingly easy to make at home, especially if you use canned chickpeas. You can also buy ready made tahini (the sesame seed paste used in hummus) at the supermarket, but I will give you the recipe to make your own… it is a breeze. This is an “orangy” version of hummus as I use both orange and lemon juice to give it its characteristic tangy flavour. Try it, you will love it.
For the hummus
1 can (400 gms – 15 oz) of chickpeas
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp orange juice
½ tsp orange zest, grated
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp tahini (see below)
1 tsp cumin powder
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp paprika to sprinkle on the top
More extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on the top
2 tbsp water
For the tahini
1/4 cup veg oil for 1 cup sesame seeds toasted (NOTE: for the above recipe you do not need so much tahini, you can easily make a ¼ dose or less)
For the tortilla chips
Extra virgin olive oil
1 pich salt
Start by roasting the sesame seeds. You can do this either in the oven or by putting them in a frying pan over the stove. Be careful not too burn them or they will turn bitter, they just have to lightly brown.
Then put them in an electric mixer and blend them into a fine powder.
Now add the vegetable oil and mix well till you obtain a paste. Keep the tahini aside.
To prepare your tortilla chips, simply cut the tortillas into diamond shapes and put them in a frying pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Heat them up and mix them well until crunchy. Add a pinch of salt and keep them aside to cool down.
Rinse the canned chickpeas under running water and put them in an electric mixer together with the water, garlic, orange juice, grated orange zest, lemon juice, a ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp of tahini, 1 tsp of cumin powder and ¾ tsp of salt. Blend well until smooth.
Pour it into a serving bowl, sprinkle with a little paprika and grated orange zest and drizzle with a dash of extra virgin olive oil. Serve at room temperature with your homemade tortilla chips.
I am submitting this recipe to this month’s recipe challenge over at Food Frenzy. This month’s ingredient is “orange”. To vote for this and all the other yummy recipes, click here.
And now, a short communication. As many of you already know I have been working on a new page for a few days. It is now ready! So… check out MsM in Your Kitchen, where I feature MsM’s recipes re made by my readers! If you have made one my recipes and would like to be featured on my new page, email a picture, a brief comment and the link to your blog’s post (where applicable) to [email protected] and I will add it to the page. Enjoy!
Hi! manu home made tortilla chips looks delicious, today i eat maxican food in lunch and really enjoy. I’ll must try ur version chips, thanks for sharing this.
[email protected] says
Manu, this is funny. I don’t normally have hummus but last weekend went to a Lebanese restau and had it. Forgotten how good it is. They served it with lemon and drizzled with olive oil but your version is brilliant. I adore the addition of the orange; beautiful photos, as ever. And Congratulations on the new page. Will have to check this out. How do you do it all? Chapeau to you, my friend.
Beth Michelle says
Manu, This is so lovely. Hummus in Israel is a staple. It’s a must at all meals and always goes out on the table before anything else. I make my own hummus at home and there are some really fabulous hummus restaurants (yes an al hummus restaurant!) I love how you added orange to it, so unique. I will have to try it next time! Thanks for sharing!
Ma What's For Dinner says
What an interesting addition with the orange! I’ve never had a citrusy hummus. I can’t wait to try it.
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
Giulietta @ Alterkitchen says
I love hummus (now it’s easier to find it, in Italy… at least in Turin), but I never made it … I must try!
purabi naha says
This hummus recipe involves orange and lime and this would surely add that extra zing to the dish. I think you’ll be the winner again!
Thanks for your kind commenton my blog post, Manu. I loved your choice of ingredient for the recipe challenge. I wanted to do something different with oranges too, so thought why not try a rice dish with the citrus zests.
This looks so good. We love hummus!!! I love that you make your own tahini. When you buy it the jar is so huge. I am definitely going to try this soon. Thx for sharing.
Nami @ Just One Cookbook says
HMMMM! Orange in hummus. I already love the sound of it. So strange – lately I’m more interested in citrus flavored “food” than chocolatey sweets. What’s wrong with me? Getting old? I love your photography here Manu! The pink flower definitely added a nice touch on this brown dish (it’s SO hard to take brown dish!). Very nice!
Tina (PinayInTexas) says
Wow! I must try this dip for a change! I’m sure even my girls will love this!
i enjoy hummus with pita bread a lot. This would be quite interesting with that orange flavor you added.
The Harried Cook says
I LOVE hummus, but I have never had an orange hummus before! How interesting 🙂 Thank you for sharing this new recipe, Manu… Congrats on the new page. Will go check it out now! 🙂
Nuts about food says
I love making hummus but I never ever thought of making my own tahini! Brilliant!
Che meraviglia! This hummus looks great! And I love that you start from scratch: I never tried doing that, but I think I should!
Oh I just love hummus too! I think it’s so cool that you made your own tahini with this too =)
Now, that’s a brilliant tweak to a traditional hummus. I love the addition of orange zest and juice…citrus does bring out the best flavours of any dish. I love the pictures and next time I make a load of hummus, will add orange zest and juice. Had never even thought about this prior to seeing your post.
Oh, yum! I eat hummus nearly every day, so I’m happy to have a way to shake it up a bit….love the addition of orange…YUM! And your chips look amazing, too!!! Mmmmmmm…..
Parsley Sage says
This hummus looks so tasty. I love the orange flair. And when you come to visit Cayman, we’ll make sure you’re here during a restaurant club 🙂
Manu, I love the idea of adding orange in the hummus…I will definitely try this version of hummus. Great paired with chips.
Have a wonderful week 🙂
Sandra's Easy Cooking says
I have to agree Manu, I never saw or taste hummus until two years ago. It is not food that I grow up with, always thought it is ground :)))) when they were saying hummus..but my mom did introduced me to it and it defiantly took some time for me to adjust to the taste same as with Peanut butter:)))
You made amazing looking hummus dip, I love your pictures and wonderful refreshing recipe!!!
I can totally see how the orange and cumin would totally compliment the creamy hummus! Mmmmmm 😀
What an exceptionally wonderful combination of flavours and cuisines!
[email protected] in disguise says
First of all…I love your pitures..the flour adds a wonderful touch
love the idea of orange in hummus..yum
I voted for you in the contest…good luck 🙂
Ohh thank you sooooo much Sawsan!!! <3
this is completely new to me…sounds absolutely yummy..
you are welcome in my space..:)
Hester Casey - Alchemy says
Mmmmm love homemade hummus but have never tried it with orange. There’s a family party coming up – I think this lovely dip will be making an appearance there!
Orange in hummus…very interesting…Oh! how I love this dip… need to make pitas again so I can make this orange hummus to enjoy them with…
Wow! This is a winner recipe. I have never seen how to make tahini from scratch. Thanks for sharing the whole process. I also love how you add orange zest to hummus. What a wonderful flavor.
Roxana GreenGirl says
I love hummus but adding orange to it sounds great. I have to try it next time. Thanks for the idea Manu.
This sounds so good. I love hummus, and I don’t think I have ever made it at home. So silly now that I know how much better it can be homemade! Love the orange and lemon addtion with the homemade tortilla chips.