aisling Larkin hummus

Mindful Hummus

The joy of cooking is ever so slowly making its way back into our lives. We can thank the Covid-19 Lockdown for this.

My hummus recipe is something very precious to me. It is one of my simple pleasures. All of my little family adore it and we are often found together, huddled around this little bowl, dipping, scooping, licking and loving the simple and powerful flavours of this gorgeous recipe.

It is nourishing and wholesome and packed with natural umami to give you that depth of satiety.

The hummus making process is simple yet transforamtive. It allows you to engage with cooking on a level of sensory stimulation, pleasure and creativity. 

Peeling the chickpeas might seem like a little unnecessary however it engages our hands and our mind and satisfies that need we have as humans for doing.

I urge you to peel your chickpeas from a technical perspective but also from a mindful perspective. It also provides us with an opportunity to create a little space in our busy mind. 

Welcome the deep meditative pleasure of peeling the chickpeas, of blitzing to a puree, of tasting and seasoning and being alive in the heart of our homes.

Feeling the empowerment that comes as we create, improvise, share and engage in the sanity of the small task of making hummus can bring a simple balance to our day. 




1 tin chickpeas 

2 tbsp light tahini

1 clove garlic

Juice 1/2 lemon

Big pinch sea salt 

4 tbsp ice cold water

4 tbsp vegetable oil 

To garnish 

Exra virign olive oil 



  1. Plug in the food processor. Peel the garlic. Add the garlic and lemon juice to the food processor. All to sit.  ( watch the video recipe to see why ) 
  2. Drain the chickpeas and peel (use this as a mindful moment  –  be present when you peel the chickpeas simply just peel the chickpeas. Feel them, look at the shape, notice the aroma, observe how your hands are moving). Discard the skin. Keep back about 8/10 chickpeas.
  3. Add the chickpeas to the food processor. Add in the tahini and salt. 
  4. Add in 3 tbsp of oil and water. Blitz, blitz, blitz. Blitz more. 
  5. Taste. Adjust the flavour here. It will possibly need a little more lemon juice, another pinch of salt and even another tbsp of oil and  water. Blitz more. 
  6. Blitz for about 4/5 minutes in total to get a brilliantly smooth hummus. 
  7. To serve, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of cumin and the remaining whole chickpeas. 
  8. Enjoy. 

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