I love hummus. It is incredibly easy to make and is always a hit at parties. Don’t get me wrong I love Ranch dressing with my raw veggies but it is always nice to have some homemade hummus on the table as well.
Hummus originated in the Middle East and is very popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. I enjoy eating it with raw carrots, celery, broccoli, bell peppers, pita bread, and pita chips. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make too. If I can make this recipe you can do it. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools
In order to make this yummy homemade hummus you will need just a few ingredients and tools:
- Tahini -- Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. It is very similar to nut butter.
- Olive oil -- The olive oil will help make a better texture. And will be used to go on the top afterward.
- Lemon Juice -- If you can get fresh lemons, use them, otherwise you can settle for bottled lemon juice.
- Garlic -- Don’t skip out on the fresh garlic cloves.
- Salt -- I generally will just use normal table salt for this but fine sea salt or fine kosher salt works wonders.
- Cumin -- This is an optional ingredient although some would say it isn’t optional, haha. It gives it a nice flavor.
- Water -- I always use filtered water, because my tap water tastes gross. The water will help you get the desired consistency.
- Garbanzo Beans -- Also commonly known as chickpeas. For extra smooth hummus remove the little skin or shell from each of the beans.
- Paprika -- Sprinkle a bit of paprika on the top to give it some color.
- Food Processor
Step 2: How to make hummus
Begin by adding the tahini, olive oil, about half of the lemon juice, about half of the minced garlic, half of the salt, and a couple of tablespoons of the water into the food processor. Pulse it to blend those ingredients together. Use the spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. It can also be made in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.
Step 3: The Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
Drain the can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and add them to the food processor. You can use raw beans and soak and cook them in hot water first and drain them if you like. This process takes a while unless you do them in an Instant Pot which takes about an hour. I don’t mind using canned chickpeas so I just use those. Totally up to you. If you want your hummus to extra smooth, remove the outer shell or skin from each bean.
Turn on the food processor and blend them for 30 seconds or so. Remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Blend it some more until smooth.
Step 4: Taste the hummus and blend it some more
Dip a spoon in the hummus and give it a taste. Add the leftover salt, garlic, and lemon juice if desired according to your tastes. Add any extra water as needed to get your desired consistency.
Step 5: Serve it up!
Now spoon the hummus into a bowl and top it off with some olive oil and paprika.
Serve it up with some raw veggies like broccoli, cucumber, bell peppers, and carrots. Also pita or flat bread and pita chips go well with it too. Or use it in any number of dishes. Enjoy!
How long does homemade hummus last?
Since it doesn’t have any preservatives in it, homemade hummus will last 5 to 7 days in the fridge. Cover it with plastic wrap or something else to help maintain the freshness. Chances are it won’t last that long though, I imagine it will get gobbled up pretty quickly.
- Food Processor or High-Speed Blender
- 1/3 cup tahini sesame seed paste or butter (50g)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil 15ml
- 2 to 3 Tbsp. lemon juice 30 to 45ml
- 1 to 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
- 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of salt 4 to 6g
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin optional
- 2 to 4 Tbsp. cold water 30 to 60ml
- 15 oz can of garbanzo beans chickpeas (425g)
- Top with paprika and olive oil
- Add the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, water, salt, and minced garlic to the food processor. I don't recommend using all of the water, salt, lemon juice, and garlic at first. You can always add a bit more of it after you taste it.
- Blend those ingredients for a few seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then add in all of the garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Remove the skins of the beans first if desired. It will create a smoother hummus.
- Blend for 30 seconds to a minute until nice and smooth. Taste the hummus and add in the rest of the salt, lemon juice, and garlic if desired. Scrape the sides of the food processor bowl as needed.
- Top the hummus with some olive oil and paprika. Serve it with raw veggies, pita bread, or whatever else you like. Enjoy!
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