Hummus (Chickpea Dip)
Soak the chickpeas in plenty of cold water overnight. Drain, add the salt, cover with water and cook in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes, or simmer for 1-1/2 hours in a pan. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid, then set aside a few peas for the garnish.
Using a little of the cooking liquid, reduce the rest of the chickpeas to a purée in a blender or food processor. Add the garlic, a bit more salt, and tahini and blend together thoroughly. Lastly pour in the lemon juice, by which time the hummus should have a rich, creamy consistency.
Pour into a shallow, concave dish (about the size of a salad plate), pour the oil in the center and garnish with the whole chickpeas. Sprinkle the paprika and a little chopped parsley as a decoration around the edges, if you like.
Hummus should be served at room temperature as a dip with warm pita bread. It also makes a tasty accompaniment to grilled kebabs.