- 1 1/3 cups dried chickpeas
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 tsp. salt, plus more as needed
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Large pinch of paprika
- 6 lemon wedges or radishes
- 1/4 cup brine-cured black olives, such as Kalamata
Drain the chickpeas and place in a saucepan with water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the skins crack and the chickpeas are very tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the heat and drain, reserving the cooking liquid.
In a food processor or blender, combine the chickpeas, the 1/2 cup lemon juice, the tahini, 3 Tbs. of the olive oil, the garlic, the 3/4 tsp. salt and the cumin. Process until a soft, creamy paste forms, adding a bit of the cooking liquid to loosen the texture, if necessary. Taste and add more lemon juice and salt, if needed.
Transfer the puree to a serving bowl and spread with the back of a spoon to form a shallow well. Drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Sprinkle with the parsley and paprika. Garnish with the lemon wedges and olives and serve.