Such an easy and healthy basic recipe to have on hand. Once you've made it once or twice you won't even need to look at the recipe. A classic Middle Eastern recipe, this is made with canned chickpeas for ultimate speed but certainly you can soak your own dried chickpeas and use those instead. *This makes 4 very generous servings and if served with other appetizers, it will easily serve many more.*I use a 19 oz can of chickpeas. You can easily use a 14 oz can, just adjust seasoning (salt especially) accordingly.
In your Thermomix (set to speed 6) or food processor, add garlic, cumin seed, salt and a few tablespoon of chickpeas and process until smooth, approximately 30-60 seconds.
Add tahini, remaining chickpeas and lemon juice and process (Thermomix speed 4) to desired consistency, 1-3 minutes. Sometimes I like mine a bit chunky, sometimes I like it really smooth, have fun!
Add olive oil, season with salt and pepper, process 30-60 seconds and then add warm water if you want a looser consistency. I like mine fairly loose so I usually use between 2-4 tablespoon warm water but you may prefer none and have a much thicker dip.
Scoop it into a bowl and enjoy.If you want to get a little fancy, swirl the top with your spoon to create a small moat or ridges. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over and then sprinkle with a little paprika, za'atar or dukkah to garnish to your taste.
Serve with fresh pita bread, cucumber or other veggies, crackers or serve alongside a Greek salad with feta.