Tahini Hummus with Paprika and Hazelnut Dukkah
Using Alexandra’s Dukkah
1 cup dried chickpeas 2 tsp baking soda, divided 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1/3 cup (or more) fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more 2/3 cup excellent quality tahini 1/4 tsp (or more) ground cumin Olive oil, for serving Chopped coriander/parsley and paprika, for serving (optional) Alexandra’s Traditional Hazelnut Dukkah
Place the chickpeas in a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of the baking soda and cover with plenty of water. (The chickpeas will double in volume, so use more water than you think you need.) Soak the chickpeas overnight at room temperature. The next day, drain the chickpeas and rinse under cold water.
Place the chickpeas in a large pot with the remaining 1 teaspoon baking soda and add cold water to cover by at least 10 cm.
Bring the chickpeas to a boil over high heat, skimming off anything that rises to the surface. Lower the heat to medium, cover the pot, and continue to simmer for about 1 hour, until the chickpeas are completely tender. Then simmer them a little more. (The secret to creamy hummus is overcooked chickpeas; don’t worry if they are mushy and falling apart a little.) Drain.
Meanwhile, process garlic, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until coarsely puréed; let sit 10 minutes to allow garlic to mellow.
Strain garlic mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible. Return liquid to food processor; discard solids.
Add tahini and pulse to combine. With motor running, add 1/4 cup ice water by the tablespoonful and process (it may seize up at first) until mixture is very smooth, pale, and thick.
Add chickpeas and cumin and puree for several minutes, until the hummus is smooth and uber-creamy. Then purée it some more!
Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, lemon juice, and cumin if you like.
To serve, spread the hummus in a shallow bowl, drizzle with oil, and top with paprika, coriander and finally sprinkle on some more Dukkah.