After cooking the chick peas add to a blender along with some of the bean water (or liquid from the can). Now add lots of fresh lemon juice (I like it tart), salt n pepper to taste, fresh garlic (again I add a ton of garlic), toasted cumin powder, paprika, chili powder and my secret ingredient…..raw whole peanuts. If you have no peanuts then natural peanut butter is perfect. I prefer the richer flavor peanuts give over tahini. Along with parsley I have 2 cilantro plants growing very happily so I cut off about 1 full cup to add to the hummus. Blend until smooth…..now you can decide whether to add some water/oil/lemon juice to thin it out but I make a very thick hummus to use in wraps and sandwiches so thin would just make everything soggy. You decide!