You can never replicate certain kinds of food in your kitchen. And why would you want to? They either don’t have the same appeal as the store-bought or aren’t worth the hassle of making them from scratch. But hummus is not in that category. The taste of fresh hummus will be a moment of revelation, when you make your own. Moreover, it’s shockingly simple to make. Soak chickpeas overnight and cook them until they are soft. A can of chickpeas will also do the trick. Use a blender to purée the mixture of chickpeas, garlic, tahini paste, lemon juice and salt. Adding yogurt can make it easier to process without compromising its taste. The longer you process the mixture, the smoother the texture will be. Dress it up with a good drizzle of olive oil, parsley, cilantro and paprika. Tell me I’m wrong, but homemade hummus is the best thing since sliced bread.